Alan Pelletier

Location: Maine, USA
Branch Of Service: Army
Disability: 100%

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My Story

Alan Pelletier is 100% disabled, with a combination of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) with concussion syndrome and dizziness.  He also suffers from some physical disabilities as well. 

With 14 years in the Army on Active duty, including several combat missions, Alan distinguished himself as a soldier fighting to protect others. He has received many medals for his military engagements including the American Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge. 

However, Alan’s story is that…

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His willingness to fight for others has led to permanent injuries that have impacted not only his life, but also the lives of those around him.  These injuries have made physical activities difficult, and relationships even more so.  Employment post-military has been a challenge, with many jobs resulting in him being let go as a result of his difficulties arising from his TBI and PTSD.  TBI and PTSD result in changes in cognition and behavior, including difficulties with social skills and judgment that often result in avoiding social situations completely.  This in turn creates a persisting sense of loss due to job and relationship failures.

Although no one cannot change what has happened to Alan, we can change his future.  4Vets4Life, in conjunction with partnering nonprofits and other organizations, can help Alan achieve his Dreams despite the difficulties he faces.  Alan is much more than his disabilities, and you can help him become the person that he wants to be, that he should be.

Alan’s Dream is simple – he wants to start a nonprofit that provides free or low-cost martial arts training to individuals with disabilities or other difficulties that usually prevents them from attending traditional martial arts schools.  With a strong belief in the positive impact of effective martial arts training due to his own martial arts experience, Alan wants to be able to provide others with that same opportunity.

So how can he get there?  The 4Vets4Life Program, with your help, wants to make it happen.  Your donation can provide the first steps in Alan achieving his Dream, and 4Vets4Life, in conjunction with other non-profits and organizations, can provide him the network and resources he needs for that Dream to be a success.  Together, we can thank Alan for the sacrifices he made for us and change his life and the lives of those he touches.