Young Warriors teach an old dog new tricks.

At almost 62 years of age this is probably not your usual never quit story. But it’s the story of finally understanding who I am because of you guys. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974. I was a grunt that never saw combat but also served right at the end of the involvement in Vietnam. The military wasn’t looked upon in a good light back then. All I wanted to be was a Marine but at that time in this country we were looked upon as losers. Following my release I had a very hard time adjusting to the civilian world just like many others who write their stories. I won’t bore you with the details but drugs, restlessness, almost homelessness were where I was headed. But God had other plans. I was blessed with several mentors that helped lead me back but I was still always restless. I was hit by a drunk driver and lost both my hips at age 30 in 1988. I had been considering re-enlisting at that time. I sank into depression, gained weight and basically became an angry man. I had no identity. Fast forward to just a couple years ago. My wife works at the library. She brought home a book, Lone Survivor. I was riveted by Marcus’s story. This led me to the Patriot Tour. Marcus and the speakers introduced me to the Warrior Class. I realized I was in that class but had been denying it to myself for years. I woke up and realized what a whiner I’d become. And then I found the Podcast, and you and your guests stories have been an inspiration ever since. Every day I wake up more positive and look for ways I can do good. I have lost weight and continue to do so, not for looks, but to be better able to help people with a healthy mind and spirit. I know this sounds fragmented, but you all will never understand what a blessing you have been to me and my family. God bless you all! Sincerely, Dave Hopper

Author: David