By Kale F
I was in the Marine Corps for 8 years and did two combat deployments and another visiting the world. I did not have the best experiences over in Afghanistan, and experienced ups and downs since joining and leaving the Marine Corps. I got lost along my way but Kortnie changed all of that.
I married my wife Kortnie July 29th, 2017 in Ripley, NY at a beautiful winery. It was an amazing day, the weather was perfect, the family actually got along well and behaved. Everything came together; from our song, James Arthur "Say you won't let go", to the anniversary song by Aaron Lewis "Tangled up in you", to our daughter getting to sing "Roar" by Katy Perry as the last song. While we were finishing up the evening and loading up the cars I was caught off guard by someone setting off a huge firework that shook the windows of the car. My instincts kicked in and I had a terrible flashback to one of the nights we got attacked in Afghanistan. I broke down and Kortnie ran to comfort me. She held me until I calmed down.
A line in my vows said "With you by my side I will never be alone". I was not alone battling my darkness on July 29th, 2017 at 9:42pm.