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Internationally Published Photog 📷 • Founder The Veterans Project 🇺🇸 • Army Vet OIF 🇸🇾 • Saved by Grace • #1 Spurs Fan • SA "Military City USA" 🇨🇱
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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ “It was chaos going to the White House.  There were so many Rangers there that were so excited to be at my ceremony.  They were so proud.  It was like a wedding in a lot of ways.  It was awesome.  All the guys were so pumped to be there and attending.  SPC Gathercole’s (RIP) grandma was there and she was a real firecracker.  She came out with us one night and she wanted to do shots with us (laughs). We had a great time.  When I was up there at the podium for the ceremony and the President was talking all I could hear was the shutter clicks.  I felt like all of the flashes were going to blind me.  There was a sea of media and I got to look across the room and see all the faces.  The majority of the faces were guys on the mission with me and a bunch of politicians I didn’t invite (laughs) but I’ll save that part for another story.  The President and Vice President met with the family and the Rangers and it was awesome.  A lot of my friends and family really enjoyed it.  The escort from Andrews was amazing.  We had a private escort and it was such a wild feeling.  Rangers never get parades, fan fare, or public recognition at all.  This was an opportunity for all of us Rangers to enjoy the success.”—MSG Leroy Petry (Army Special Operations , MOH Recipient, OIF, OEF Veteran) picture: Petry speaks to the Minnesota Vikings players and staff about his Medal of Honor commendation.

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“Don’t understand, Don’t feel me now, I will breathe for the both of us, Travel the world, Traverse the skies, Your home is here.” FQ, NOLA

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ TESTIMONIAL: “I don’t think people will ever understand the true benefit of the The Veterans Project. Many times we recognize the value of something only after it’s lost. I wish I had one more day with my grandmother. The wisdom that I would extract from her would be something worth putting down.  Me being part of the project provides me the opportunity of leaving something for my kids that they can one day they say ‘My dad did that.’”— SFC Daisson Hickel (Army Special Operations, OIF, OEF Veteran)

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ “I don’t think there was a “most frightening” day in combat.  Every day was a hard day.  Every time we left the wire it was my job as a leader to watch out for the guys to my left and right.  There’s no way to be ready for that kind of responsibility.  There were a lot of close calls.  I remember Polish ambushes where people were shooting at us from three different sides.  There were times when I’d have to walk out into an open wadi and establish comms with the rest of my unit and all of a sudden the wall next to me would start to disintegrate from RPK fire across the river bed.  It makes the pucker factor go up quite a bit but I don’t think you can compare missions as far as them being frightening.  They were all dangerous missions.  There were some hard climbs in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, dealing with the heat, cold, and sometimes you get stuck outside the wire longer than expected.  Your planned EXFIL doesn’t happen for a day or two and you start to wonder when you’re going to get out of there.  The hardest missions were the ones where I lost brothers.  In the moment, it’s not that hard because I was so enthralled by everything that’s going on but I had that down time after the mission where I thought about the guys I lost.  That was difficult.  Going to those memorials on the base was when it started sinking in the most.”—MSG Leroy Petry (Army Special Operations, MOH Recipient, OIF, OEF Veteran)

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“Each of us, we got a dream to chase Wouldn't have it any other way We're stronger by far from the risk we take No, we ain't the kind to play it safe...” _____________ FQ, NOLA

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My friends are the coolest... thanks for the incredible gift @the_java_can... now I’ll be able to refuel on all my trips! Check out The Java Can for all of your portable coffee needs.

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Quote 2/2 “I wasn’t really a good student and I really just did it because my grandfather pressured me into seeking out that higher education.  My true desire was to be in the military though, so I went to a recruiter and signed up.  I came home and my dad was like, ‘Didn’t your semester start last week?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I leave for basic training in a week (laughs).’ I broke it to him a little late in the game but he was okay with it.  My cousin was in the Rangers and I remember him coming home on leave and he told me all that he was doing.  I started to learn about the prestige of that unit and what exactly they were.  My thought process was that if I was going to join the Army during peace time I was going to be amongst the best so that if we went to war I’d be ready for whatever was to come.  I wanted to be the best.  I signed up under a Ranger Contract, went through Airborne school, then went into the Ranger Assessment Program.  I graduated and was sent to Ft. Lewis where I served with 2nd Ranger Battalion.”—MSG Leroy Petry (Army Special Operations, MOH Recipient, OIF, OEF Veteran)

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Quote 1/2 “I had the ambition to join the Army from the time I was seven years old.  I grew up with two older brothers and we grew up out in the sticks.  That’s what we did growing up.  We played Army and as I got older my mom’s cousin was deployed during Desert Storm and that really got the gears turning for my future.  I remember my teacher carting in the old tube television.  We watched the news and current events and just kind of started questioning what I was going to do about that.  I started wondering why my cousin would risk his life and I was trying to see the bigger picture.  He was doing it not only for the country but because he wanted the people in Iraq to have a better life as well.  I graduated high school and went to college for like half a semester.”—MSG Leroy Petry (Army Special Operations, MOH Recipient, OIF, OEF Veteran)  Full article link in bio.

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An honor to stand next to these gentlemen. I’ve had the opportunity to cover Leroy for the project and I’m looking forward to covering Flo sometime this year. You can’t meet more honorable men. Repost @wearewarriorrising with @get_repost ・・・ Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Florent Groberg stand with Warrior Rising vetrepreneur and founder of The Veterans Project, Tim Kolczak at the Super Bowl 52 tailgate. The group came together to accept a charitable donation from Tick Pick who hosted Warrior Rising. Thank you @tickpick!

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Repost @wearewarriorrising with @get_repost ・・・ Grateful for the incredible associations and relationships in our Warrior Rising family. Great meet up with Howie Long to talk about the Warrior Rising mission. Thanks for linking us up @laflamablanca95

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The Montagnards are an indigenous people group living in southern Vietnam. They were largely persecuted by the rest of the country but that all changed when the Green Berets appeared in ‘Nam in 1961. Our newly adopted Special Forces faction quickly befriended the Montagnards who fought bravely alongside them as fearsome warrior brothers, in the heart of the Vietnamese and Laotian jungles. This bracelet was a common gift that the Montagnards would give the Green Berets in order to honor their brotherhood. A follower of the project bought this as a gift for me from San Antonio’s own Bexar Goods. Bexar started making this product so they could pay homage to the brave Montagnards who have been persecuted heavily since our government abandoned them. Obviously, as a storyteller this piece will always have a special spot in my heart. @bexargoods

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So, I was out in Santa Rosa Beach talking to my buddy Daisson about the importance of having a good tac med bag.  I told him I was in the market for a really solid med bag that had the necessary provisions for someone CLS qualified.  Of course, being the generous dude he is (the generosity of these guys never ceases to amaze me), he gave me an extra bag he had with all of the necessary gauze, tape, CAT tourniquets, and nasopharyngeal airways.  Why do I keep this kit on me?  On my travels alone, I’ve seen hundreds of accidents, and a few where I’ve been able to provide aid until EMTs arrived.  Average response time is 7 1/2 minutes for an ambulance in urban areas and in rural areas it’s 14 1/2 minutes.  Most of the accidents have been in rural areas.  Do you know how much can happen to a person with no treatment in 14 1/2 minutes?  I do.  It can be the difference between life and death.  It’s not enough to just have a first aid kit in your car, though.  Making sure you’re properly trained in even the basics of first aid is incredibly important.  Nowadays, we have the luxury of classrooms on seemingly every block.  Why do I carry this bag?  I couldn’t look myself in the mirror every morning knowing I could’ve provided aid to someone but failed to do so because I didn’t have the proper tools.  The world is an increasingly dangerous place so it’s important to educate and equip yourself for every situation.

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Do we need a special day to remember the men that meant the most to us? Do we need a certain occasion to tear up at the memory of their sacrifices? Do we need to have a specific hashtag dedicated to the demons they were facing? I need none of that to tell you that there are moments in my life when the very thought of my greatest heroes brings me the most pain. There isn’t a day when I don’t think about honoring the sacrifice of the warriors who couldn’t win the battles back home. This man is still and will always be one of my greatest drives to light in my work to capture legacy. You’re missed, SSG Chick.

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Some of the BTS from my shoot with Daisson Hickel, current 7th SFG soldier and founder of The Java Can.  The greatest part of this journey is the unceasing search for truth in authenticity.  How do you display legacy without the basis of one’s heritage?  Daisson’s legacy is represented in his company’s motto “Live Life Charged.” Everything from his operational history as a 7th Special Forces Group soldier (Mountain School graduate, Military Free Fall (HALO) Jumpmaster, Combat Dive Supervisor) to his path as a business owner operating in the world of all things outdoors, screams to the fact that he’s living every single moment to the fullest.  The journey into Florida’s 30A territory and my trek into understanding of the overland community is necessary in order to understand Daisson’s heartbeat.  Without this immersion, there is no true understanding of the individual’s story.  What’s the basis of my journey?  Love.  I love my community and to tell their story in any other way than a method based upon full immersion would be tragic in my eyes.  If you’re going to commit to passion, commit 100%. Tell the story the right way every single time. PC: Daisson’s 6 year old step daughter, Olive. letsgosomewhere packandgo

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Just over here getting in a good paddleboard sesh thanks to @yoloboard while @dicen23 tries to steal my job with the rad trickshot. If you’re not following @thejavacan and @yoloboard, you’re missing out. Some of Florida’s finest.

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Seattle, Portland, Olympia, Pocatello, Soda Springs, Jackson Hole, Minneapolis, New York City (all five boroughs), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, Flagstaff, Colorado Springs, Denver, Ft. Collins, Pueblo, Albuquerque, Angel Fire, Taos, El Paso, Dallas, Houston, Tyler, San Antonio, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Biloxi, Starkville, Jackson, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, Pensacola, to the shores of Santa Rosa Beach, FL... This project has introduced me to some incredible places and more importantly, incredible people.  Go somewhere with your passion. PC: @sterlingcollective  langly letsgosomewhere packandgo

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So many megaphones in our culture, looking for the space to shout, building their empire upon other’s failures or upon a system that pushes snake oil as the authentic lifeblood of our society. Then, there are those quietly plugging away, working at all hours to see the greater community benefit from an ideology that encourages integrity, honor, and ethicality. I wish I was there on my path, but to be quite honest I’m not. My desire is to be more like the men who so selflessly served their nation for years before carrying that same devotion over into their careers and growing businesses. I look up to men like these two, purveyors of a greater good built upon years of blood, sweat and tears. Your humility serves as a beacon of my admiration. Thank some people that inspire you over this weekend. @alpha.coffee @thejavacan @dicen23

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“Hey Tim, how was last night?” Me: “Well, pretty normal... for my crew at least...” Nice hand placement, @doherlihy... always good to catch up with Rudy. Thanks for the invite @reconsniperfoundation. PC: @brojaq

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Just rollin’ around shot with those scoundrels from @reconsniperfoundation and ran into one of the project’s first followers @christmasabbott. Christmas is a major motivator in the fitness industry and is a huge supporter of the veteran community. It’s always inspiring to be around other motivators out there who unabashedly chase their passions.

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staywoke 😂😂🔥 Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ You never know who’s looking to take your job! Picture: BTS of Founder/ Photographer, Tim K. with 7th SFG’s Daisson Hickel. Unbeknownst to Tim, Daisson’s step-daughter, Olive, takes the shot as she plots her takeover of the project.

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Repost @theveteransproject with @get_repost ・・・ Even the most simple moments are progressional when it comes to storytelling and gaining understanding of someone’s life.  You truly have to put yourself in that person’s place in order to gain the greatest form of empathy and perception.  Every single second of the day spent with that veteran is a “learning second.” Miss out on the moment and you’re missing part of who that person is.  Enlightenment is always the goal. Picture: hanging out with Daisson Hickel (7th SFG, Founder @thejavacan) on the Florida backcountry trails. PC: @sterlingcollective

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I’m standing here in Santa Rosa Beach going over question summaries and preparing for my next project and I’m overcome with thankfulness for the ability to get out there and be a storyteller. I appreciate every opportunity I’m entrusted with and the unique challenge that capturing each legacy brings. The passion that I’ve found in the process of learning empathy and humility throughout each project is truly indescribable. PC: @sterlingcollective

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Jumping on a podcast in an hour with @monkeybusinesspodcast, just got in from a three day SLC trip, was in SLC last weekend for business. I’ll have just enough time to re-pack my bags so I can head to NOLA tomorrow morning. From there headed to Florida to meet up with @thejavacan, head back to SA that next Monday where I’ll board a flight to head to Las Vegas with @reconsniperfoundation for SHOT. Headed out from there for the Super Bowl. Hoping @dmorg_82 and his bros are there to take home the trophy. After that headed back to Vegas for more coverage. Find your passion, attack it fearlessly, and never looks back. It’s a privilege and blessing to do this.

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“Soft spot, lightning rod, my paint is peeling A million suns won't fill you up If you can't see the wine flowing over your cup…”

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In a move of pure artistic genius, I decided to combine skyline, mountains, and the wing of my plane for the first time in the history of photography. You can thank me at any time. blessup artist

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Repost @theveteransproject Time is a constant and something that can’t be changed. So what can be done as the clock continues to tick? You can utilize that rapidly digressing resource in a way that’s either detrimental to your future or progressional to your life. I was asked if I had any New Years resolutions this year and to put it simply, “I don’t need a New Years resolution because my resolve is a constant. This constant is to continue to highlight our most selfless servants as an example of what’s right with this world.” My resolution every day is to create a landscape where legacies will always be remembered. To put it simply, I’ve lived without money and I’ve lived with it. I’ve lived without degrees and I’ve lived with degrees. I’ve lived with failure and I’ve lived with accomplishment. The single most rewarding thing through my work in this project is putting others above myself ALWAYS. That’s where I’ve found a true source of joy.

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“When I grow up I want to be a heretic I want to climb over the wall 'cause I'm not on the list I want to put my hands to work 'til the work's done I want to open up my heart like the ocean...”

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On the trail of one of my projects I stopped on the outermost fringes of Santa Rosa in some section of suburbia and found this devastation.  It’s a haunting reminder of time and tragedy and the fact that life can be fleeting, even behind the borders of the greatest nation on earth.  There’s something incredibly eerie about being in one of the richest, most beautiful parts of this country and finding this sort of havoc.  I know these people will band together in strength and unite in rebuilding their home, but that doesn’t change the devastation of so many memories.  Please pray for your fellow countrymen during this time of tragedy.

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