Axel Valentin is 90% disabled, dealing with both the physical and mental effects of PTSD which was brought about by the trials and hardships of his service In Iraq. He feels detached and suffers debilitating bouts with migraines. While in service in Iraq Axel was exposed to the inevitable hardships of war, seeing fellow marines killed and injured and working constantly, and to the very limit of his abilities to protect and defend his fellow soldiers.
His efforts never flagged and he was constantly awarded and promoted for his effort. Among his many accomplishments while serving, Axel was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal three times, was also appointed his units color sergeant, received Navy unit commendation, Marine Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, as well as numerous Certificates of Commendation and Appreciation.
But for Axel, the impact of his service continues…