Advice From Amputee Veteran On Moving Forward
The advice I would give somebody that is just starting out on this journey with prosthetics, disabilities, or whatever they may come across, is to always keep pushing. Always keep fighting. Never let a roadblock stop you. Always exceed everybody’s expectations.
My goal is to always make people think that I don’t have a prosthetic or when they find out that I do have a prosthetic , they’re like, “ Oh really? I didn’t know!” That was always the biggest compliment to me. That they didn’t know I had a disability which makes me think that I was doing a good job at what I was doing at that time.
I came from an infantry field and a lot of people think that there’s not a lot of skills that translate into the civilian world. They fail to realize the leadership skills, the mental mindset, and the stubbornness that we have in the military. You use those to your advantage. Make sure you destroy every roadblock they set in front of you. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything. Most importantly, don’t tell yourself that you can’t do anything because anything is possible.