The Bigger Picture
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The Bigger Picture

Veterans, You Are More Than Just Your Time in Service

Do not let society put labels on you

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The empty pint glass brings no answers, just more questions. You feel you’re in a maze and are just going in circles.

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And then the uniform came off. Depression, loneliness and anxiety set in. And no amount of drinking or Netflix binging or one-night stands dulls the pain.

I’m a warrior, yes. But first and foremost, I’m a husband, uncle, big brother, and son. I’m a community leader, a writer, a volunteer, a runner. And nobody gets to place me in a box that’s just labeled “Veteran.”

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You have a story, and it matters. You served and fought for your country. You gave freedom to others. You answered the nation’s call.

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Andrew Hutchinson

Dad. Husband. Army vet. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, and guitar.