Sergeant, Army National Guard
Brad Farnsley dropped out of Purdue University in his junior year. He needed something bigger than himself, he needed a purpose, he needed the Army. Brad enlisted and convinced his best friend to deploy with him. Brad came home; his best friend did not. His guilt was so overwhelming he contemplated suicide. The Army placed him in a Warrior Transition Unit that he describes as a “battalion for broken soldiers.”
He’s now in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, while his wife, Ashley, and their two children live two-and-a-half hours away in Indiana. He commutes to be with them on weekends, but as his income decreases because he’s not yet eligible for VA benefits, maintaining two homes is taking its toll. Brad is ready to go home. No one can say when that will happen. Brad has to bide his time and he and Ashley enact solutions to keep them on track.
Brad’s Recurring Nightmare Brad Farnsley visits his family on the weekends while stuck in a Warrior Transition Unit.Photo © Stacy Pearsall, Veteran's Portrait Project