Why I grew a Freedom Beard
The story of my beard starts about 20 years ago before my face was ever blessed with such magic. It started with my service to this great nation and my community. I started my service to this great nation early on in my life. I become a cop in the civilian sector and served for 12 years and joined the Army for 8 years. I love serving my community. I love being part of positive change.When I began my career in law enforcement I was young and full of energy. I ended up becoming an instructor in several disciplines for the agency and ultimately became a Police Academy Instructor. I have always been committed to learning and sharing knowledge and during both careers this is evident. I served as a CPR/First Aid Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, and Crisis Response Instructor. As a cop I had some pretty cool assignments. I worked in the jail, in traffic safety, and ultimately in the court system. I learned how to talk to people. I became a CIT Crisis Intervention Officer and I worked specifically with people with Special Needs and Mental Illness. I worked with not against and I loved it. I loved serving my community. After 20 years of serving I had some injuries that finally caused me to make some occupational changes. Little did I know that this also included growing one badass beard, but that is what I did. The definition of a Freedom Beard is "After completion of military service it is your duty to stand defiant against all shaving regulation and grow a Freedom Beard. This is my freedom beard and my commitment to society." I plan on continuing serving with full beard to our community, veterans, and first responders.My Beard is brought to you by a WarriorNOW.org. An organization dedicated to serving our Nation's Veterans dealing with Mental Illness and Addiction while promoting Suicide Prevention.