I started this organization as a way to inform the veteran community about strength sports and the benefit it could have upon one’s daily life. In the military, I was taught that routine is key to building good habits; habits that one day could save your life in a hostile situation. After 5 years of service, I was medically retired due to injuries I sustained overseas. Eventually, I was diagnosed with combat PTSD, traumatic brain injury, post war anxiety and clinical depression. Upon exiting the military, I was prescribed 26 different medications to treat various symptoms of my injuries.
12 of those medications were opioid based, leaving me feeling dependent on them to get through my day. I felt as if I was in a haze; a fog that never lifted throughout the years. I trudged to work, braved the day and traveled home only to get restless sleep throughout a night to repeat the process over again the next day. It was no way to live. One day I woke up and simply did not want to move. I reflected that day on why I felt that way; called one of my fellow soldiers who recently separated and whom I knew was dealing with the same type of symptoms. I asked him what he was doing to cope. He said “put down those pills, and get back in the gym”. So I did. I made fitness part of my routine. I went when I was happy, sad, angry, anxious… In a little less than 2 months I stopped all medications and dedicated myself to focusing on fitness as my coping mechanism.
Soon after, I began advocating to other veterans struggling with the transition and similar diagnoses; I urged them to do what I was doing. One day, my buddy who was previously struggling, called me and said “you saved me man.” I said “you saved you.” I never did any of this for praise or notoriety, I only wanted to help others. I felt an immense satisfaction from knowing I was making a difference; but I know my job wasn’t done. So, I created Iron Resurgence. It is a philosophy that anyone, not just veterans, can be reborn through strength. One can be tested and brought to their absolute physical limit, but soon those limits will be increased, and a broken spirit can be forged into a purpose driven self. I will continue to live by this philosophy, and help others realize their potential with the hope that others will charge forth this idea long after I am gone.
“Through strength, I am reborn.” - Iron Resurgence