Growing up listening to his Fathers stories, Sgt. Dave Arensdorf knew he’d serve in the armed forces as well. Joining the US Marines as a sophomore in high school, he was only 16 when he enlisted. Sgt. Arensdorf deployed to Fallujah in 2004-2005, and spent time working as a mechanic, guard, and operator for motor-T. After coming home there were some relationship conflicts that were just more than he cared to tolerate. At his insistence, he was added to the next outgoing deployment to Iraq. Now in 2008 he deployed to Taqaddam, Iraq. While the hours were long, Sgt. Arensdorf enjoyed the tour and volunteered to be extended for a 3rd tour while in country. Finally returning home in 2010, he discharged from the US Marine Corps, got married, and had 2 children. After a divorce, Sgt. Arensdorf came face to face with the memories of the deployments. His children were his only joy in the world. Knowing this wasn’t the way it should be Sgt. Arensdorf sought help from a therapy team of veterans. After a few years he turned the corner and has found joy in his work, life, and family again. The lessons Sgt. Arensdorf learned growing up, serving, deploying, and healing has continues his mission and helped to safe another life.
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