Turning Tragedy Into Triumph | Allstate Motorcycle

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph | Allstate Motorcycle


Riding has taken me out of a place
of darkness and isolation. It’s honestly given me a new lease on life. My experience with PTSD [is] kinda
cumulative. Just from years of abuse and life-changing
traumatic experiences. Riding and building motorcycles and working
on motorcycles gave me something to work towards, because for me, every part I was putting on
the motorcycle I was putting back a part of myself. I know that because motorcycles helped
me with my PTSD that it could help others. So, I founded Motorcycle Missions. Motorcycle Missions helps veterans and first
responders with PTSD through motorcycle therapy. We do two things. We do a motocross camp where we get them riding
and we do a motorcycle build mentorship where we get them building bikes. A bike build is where we take a motorcycle
and we start over. We basically create a whole new life form. It’s kind of symbolic, having something
that’s old and beat up and when it’s done, it’s going to be something they can be very
proud of. My position with the U.S. Army was a
Blackhawk Crew Chief. I was the guy you called on whenever you were
in a bad situation. Coming home after deployment, I didn’t really
know I was suffering from PTSD because I was still adjusting to my normal life. But I had started noticing I was pushing everybody
away. I didn’t want to leave the house. I lost interest in everything. I love working on the bike build because I
get to talk to people that actually understand your history. Krystal has helped change my life as far as
getting me out. I had the monster at the door. And…I don’t know if I’d be here today. I’ve been a firefighter for
three years. You see some pretty horrific things. I didn’t want to really admit that I had
PTSD. And then, talking to the guys I’ve been
riding with, they’re going through the exact same thing I was going through. And it just opened my world up. I’m not the only one. I just want to see lives changed
through Motorcycle Missions. Just how motorcycles have improved and saved
my life, I’d like to pass that on to others.

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