Combat changed this young man.
“Before the invasion I was contemplating staying in the military," Hanes said. "The invasion changed a lot of that for me.”
After years of service and sacrifice, Hanes returned stateside.
“When I got out I noticed I had I had a lot of really harsh anger issues. I did not fit in well with society at all. Not at all.”
The war had taken his marriage. He missed the birth of his daughter. He was without work and didn’t have the money – or even the desire - for a home.
“I would just go out in the woods and find some thick brush and crawl up in there and sleep and I felt safe,” he said
Then Hanes met Karen Archipley. She and her husband Colin run Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training, (VSAT) which trains vets to work in agriculture.