I didn’t know what I wanted to be after high school, so I decided to join the army.
- My dad was an army guy and his dad was in the marines.
Since I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, I thought it was the logical next step. I spent a few years in the army and I was extremely accurate with a sniper rifle. It didn’t take long for me to earn a promotion and a spot sniping targets from long range. Of course, that put me right in the middle of enemy territory all of the time. I was constantly fearful for my life and I was in the middle of the most dangerous situations imaginable. When I was hit by enemy fire, my career came to a screeching halt. The bullet severed my left eye and I lost all sight in the eye. I could no longer work as a sniper for the military and they cast me aside as quickly as they promoted me. I was discharged after 6 years and 16 days with the US army. After that, I couldn’t sleep at all. I felt like I could hear gunshots in the distance. Every time I closed my eyes, I felt like I was in the middle of the battlefield. My primary care physician told me this is called PTSD. The guy gave me a prescription for medical marijuana. He told me to use medical marijuana at bedtime to help me rest more easily at night. I really didn’t think that medical marijuana would help, but I have been pleasantly surprised. The Indica strains help me sleep more soundly than I have slept in 10 years. Sometimes loud noises still wake me up, but it’s a lot easier to go back to sleep.