I’m Mark. I retired from the United States Air Force as a deputy fire chief. I also participate in the High Hopes Equus effect program and I am a current volunteer.
I served 30 years and was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. I retired from service and was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD. The Equus effect program and my connection with Latino at High Hopes was something that saved me. Sometimes all it took was the smell of the barn and the hay that made me feel like it was okay to just be me.