Chad was in the USAF from 97 to 04, He served as a cable dawg and a TACP. Chad was stationed at Kelly AFB, TX and FT Stewart AIN, GA, and was deployed multiple times to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia and Camp Doha, Kuwait and was part of the initial invasion to Iraq with 1/64 armor battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3RD ID.
Chad was medically retired from the Ir Force in 2004 following a diagnosis of PTS and TBI from blast exposures. Being among the first to return home with injuries from the war in Iraq, Chad didn’t have access to the amazing resources more current veterans have. While he could have become a statistic, Chad persevered.
I had the honor of serving Chad in 2010. Since he and I have kept a great relationship. I’ve witnessed an amazing transformation in Chad over the years. He has made amazing strides in overcoming his PTS challenges. Chad has found passion in cycling, and other outdoor activities. Most importantly, Chad has become a leader in the veterans community giving support to others in their recovery.
I’m proud to honor Chad with this Veteran’s Day tribute.