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Andrew S.

California, United States

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Thank you in advance for any/all consideration.

My name is Andrew and I served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002 until 2009, during which time I deployed to Iraq on two different occasions (04/05 and again in 06), deployed again in 2008 as part of 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (non-combat), and deployed again in 2010 to Afghanistan on what would prove to be my last deployment. After 9 ½ years of active duty service leading Marines and sailors in combat, during multiple deployments, I was medically discharged due to wounds received overseas on his last deployment. I received a gun shot wound that shattered the majority of my femur.

I transitioned to the private sector as a General Supply Specialist onboard Naval Base San Diego while he pursuing my business degree.

In 2017 I helped launch Warrior Reunion Foundation and have held the position of Program Director/Board Member for the foundation ever since.

In February of 2018 I became the GM for Wild Bills Soda’s New Jersey territory and relocated back to California to launch the company’s southwest territory in July of 2018.

In 2019 I became the Director of Operations for Wild Bills.

I reside in Southern California with my beautiful and wife and 3 of my 4 children.

My military decorations include Military Order of the Purple Heart, (2) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, (2) Navy Commendation Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon

The reason that i am submitting this application is that although I have not let my injuries get in the way of continuing my professional goals, I have faced difficulty in getting back to the physical shape that I once was in years ago in the Marines.

Due to the nature of my injuries, running has proved to be very painful in the years since my injuries. As i'm sure you can imagine, not only the my leg itself has been affected but also my lower back, knees, and hip, therefore I have found walking on a treadmill the most beneficial, least painful.
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