“In 2012, I was discharged from the Marine Corps.
The year prior, my unit spent most of 2011 fighting in Sangin, Afghanistan. Our unit lost 17 Marines and we had 191 wounded, ranging from gunshot wounds to triple amputees. My platoon lost two of those Marines; one was my roommate and another was a SAW gunner. I came home, tried suicide four times, and drank heavily.
Coming home, I met a woman. We dated, she got pregnant, and we got married in early 2012. The marriage ended a year later, and I coped with the divorce, ptsd, tbis, and nightmares by self-medicating. From 2013 to 2016 I fought for custody.
In 2016, I showed more maturity, stability, growth and sobriety than my daughter’s mom; in turn, the judge granted me full custody. Since then, I’ve been raising my daughter by myself. We’re happy, we have our own home, life is a lot better now. We have a chocolate lab!
For those struggling, remember to push through the dark for your kids. They need you and the world needs you!
(This is my daughter and me after a group of veterans took us to a Cowboys game. We got to go around on the field after the game was over!)”
– Zach Ceballos
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