From warrior to hunting and fishing, to animal advocate and farmed animal sanctuary.
I’m a three-time combat wounded veteran, I grew up on both sides of farming, livestock, and row crop. We raised cows, pigs, horses, goats, and chickens. I ate cow, pigs, goats, and chickens. The summers I would go stay with my grandpa and run a tractor in the row crop fields, I was brought up and taught to use the land, so I also hunted, fished and trapped as well. Not only all that in my youth but as a young adult I served in the army as a combat engineer counter improvised explosive nco. I participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was a 50 cal gunner on a tank, use your imagination. I later did another tour of duty on the front lines of Iraq in 2005, and my last combat deployment was in 2010-2011 to Afghanistan where I lost one of my own guys, It took its toll on me, throughout my career I have seen a lot of death more than one would ever like to see. After we got home we kept losing guys left and right, car wrecks, drinking, and drugs. I had a good buddy of mine I served with mom call me one day after my buddies birthday informing me he was no longer with us. He got on drugs because he never truly made it home from the war. He was trying to achieve that same high of battle. In and around all of that me and my wife were hit by a truck while riding our four-wheeler. Neither one of should have live. I had a testicle ripped off, a penile deglovement and split my lower chest open to where they had to put in mesh to keep my intestines from poking out, My wife worse, skull fracture, broken ribs, broken scapula, lost her spleen, and broke all the bones in her left ear, she had to have brain surgery and the put a steel plate in her skull. and she lost use of the left side of her face. I moved back to my hometown where I was going to pick back up farming and live out the rest of my days. But fate intervened, I have to go to the Dr all the time for blood work for the VA and my blood work sucked all of it, but my cholesterol was over 220. So I did research on how to lower all my numbers, In my research, I watched a documentary called What the Health, Cowspiracy, then Vegucated, then Live and let Live, then Forks over Knives, the Vegan and many more, and I told my wife I want to go Vegan, so we did, I could no longer be a hypocrite and love my animals and still consume them. So now I run a Vegan sanctuary farm in Mississippi, first of its kind. I’ll be working on the legality and article of inc and my 501 C 3. But I need yall’s help in spreading my message.