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CAF Story | Custom Motorcycle Build Helps Soldier with PTSD

CAF Story | Custom Motorcycle Build Helps Soldier with PTSD

The trucks came down the road
about six in a line. And about, I would say,
300 or 400 yards past our camp, there was a whole bunch
of gunfire. (gunfire) There was a couple of Taliban
on the bikes and they had open fire
and lit up the convoy of gravel trucks
that were civilianized. The individual
that got killed that day was the contractor
that we had hired. We put him in a body bag. Talk about an intense moment! And wondering personally
what the rest of the tour was gonna be like after
the third day on the job, that happens, I would think for
anybody, it’s hard to get over. I knew it was gonna be probably pretty hectic
and pretty dangerous. But we’re soldiers,
we do what we do. The purpose and the goal
was to try to revitalize parts of Afghanistan
and do a road project that would provide funding for individual
Afghanistan people and try to better
their lifestyle and be proud of what they accomplished
by building this road. The hardest thing
was the checkpoints. So, every morning, the workers, they showed up on site
at a certain time. So, you have to check these
workers down and pat them down. Like, say, one of them had
an IED strapped to them, it was gonna happen there,
at that checkpoint. So, I pushed it away,
I pushed it down deep inside, but I knew that
I was gonna have issues. So, I started drawing out parts to build a motorcycle because I work with my hands
and I’m a motorcyclist. And that’s how, actually, the parts on the bike
came to life, is they all reflect
something I went through and all the adversity that
I was faced with on that tour. ♪ Well, it’s probably the most
trying time of my life. So, I got back home,
everything was quiet. It’s hard for a family to adjust
when you don’t say nothing. Obviously, drinking
is an issue, right? So, you start
to drink too much. I can tell you one thing
I absolutely did, is I got on my bike and drove way too fast. So, I soon realized
that I had a family and still had a job to go
back to and I wanted to live. So, I dug out the drawings
that I made for the bike and I decided
that I’m gonna use all that frustration
that happened, that I gathered up over there and all the anxiety and all
the adversity I went through, but also a lot
of the accomplishment. The headlight and speedometer
assembly are made, an exact replica
of my .300 Winchester Mag Scope. The risers that hold
the handlebars are exact replicas
of our C7 magazines that go into our weapon. The clutch and brake levers are shaped in a form
of brass knuckles. So, the bike, yes,
some days, I get on it and the reflection
of Afghanistan comes to a forefront
and those days, I usually turn the bike around
and park it. But there are other days
where I get on that bike and I’ve won. You know? I’ve accomplished so much to overcome what’s happened
over there. I use it as a tool
to get better. To take all those
mental health issues and cast them away. Post-traumatic stress disorder, there’s a lot of dark days
and there’s always a light. You just gotta find out
what the light is, right? And if I can talk
to somebody about something and it happens to be the bike
that starts the conversation and I provide them with
a little bit of inspiration, I provide them
with a little bit of light, then I think I’ve done myself
and the bike, I’ve done justice
to why I built it. ♪

16 comments on “CAF Story | Custom Motorcycle Build Helps Soldier with PTSD

  1. At the end of the day this is what we do. Love kills the evil so everybody can have a fair equal chance at life. When these acid talibans who didn't shower for 3 years pure acid knock on a door in irak with parents and a 9 years old little princess inside. They put that AK on their heads and that acid fuck go in that room with that 9 years old to pulverise her soul and destroy her on the spot this is what we fight for, this is why we kill these savages to protect, to serve and to love. Love kills the evil. PTSD is treatable. The universe is a system, a binary system. Everything around you need a + and a – to function. Men women, day night, summer winter, white black, etc… solar system, immune system, ecosystem when you understand that's what we do incarnate in a t-bone on planets to play and experience you want to solve these problems to make shure you come back and the problem is solved. No more little princess hurt, no more generations of old fucks destroying the world, no more oceans full of garbages.

  2. Wow, I'm totally impressed, it can't be easy. Your parents must be so very proud of you. Take good care of yourself. A neighbor up the street.

  3. Thank you for the courage in sharing your story and for your service to our country. That bike looks amazing I wish many kilometres of safe travels. 🤘❤️🇨🇦

  4. Ptsd is a state of mind not a sickness for eternal depressed victims on medicationz . Its temporary . You have to find something to occupy your brain and be proud of what you do rather you are in a wheel chair or injured stay active surround your self with people that make shit happen

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