I am "Carrying the Load" in honor of SPC Herberth A Berrios-Camps, 1-505th PIR 82nd Airborne; who was just 21 when, almost 10 years ago (on 24 July 2009)lost his battle with inner demons and took his own life in Salman Pak while he was assigned as one of our QRF Soldiers and for all the rest of our Mission 22 Brethren, as well as my best friend, MAJ Darren Jones. We all have trials and tribulations throughout our lives. Only through our faith in God and our brothers and sisters next to us, do we come home. Some come home with wounds that never seem to heal, some with hidden wounds to the soul. Some of us are very lucky and it's our job to help those who weren't so lucky. We need to carry each other sometimes, and we need to lean on each other at other times. I'm here for any who need it.
I joined the Navy back in 1990 when I was just young dumb, then went back to the Navy in 2002, after 9/11, and did the OCS route. I transferred to the Army back in 2004 and spent another 15 years there. I am newly retired from the service, but miss it every single day. I have always believed the military to be a calling for some of us warriors and others who need it in some way, be it to pay for school, or to give them some money while they decide what they want to be when they grow up. For whatever reason, the military calls us to duty. To serve something bigger than ourselves. That calling always, and I do mean always, comes at a cost. How high a cost is not always up to us, and we don't always understand why it happens to some and not others. It's just like any other illness or disease; it's the lottery of life. You never know. In the wars, there is a sense of comraderie that can often be lost back home and we have to try to help each other feel that sense of belonging any chance we get.
Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active ways to honor and celebrate our nation's heroes by connecting Americans to the sacrifices made by military, veterans, first responders and their families.
I plan to remember, honor, and celebrate our nation's heroes by participating in the event and raising funds to support organizations which help heroes and their families. I am asking all who have known me to please reach down and see what you can do to support those who support us every day of our lives. Remember, we won the lottery when we were born, or brought, to the USA, and if not for our Veterans and First Responders, we would not continue to live that luck every single day of our lives. Give, and live, generously. And, thank you for all you do.
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