Sgt David Shaw, USMC (Ret.) refused to be airlifted to safety after an IED reduced his convoy to rubble during his 2010 Afghanistan deployment.
He was only ten feet away and facing the blast when the explosion occurred, but he wanted to save space on the aircraft for more seriously injured Marines. Besides, he had a job to do. If he left his location, his unit would be unable to complete their mission. There was no doubt in his mind, he would stay.
But the physical and mental repercussions from the explosion were severe. David endured crippling back pain, ongoing headaches and tinnitus, as well as constant reoccurring fear and horrifying memories of the explosion.
When he returned home to join his wife Kimberly, in North Carolina, the pain didn’t go away- it got worse. After seeing a doctor, David learned that the blast had caused herniated disks and fractured vertebrae in his back, causing chronic and agonizing pain. He was also diagnosed with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) causing him to suffer from short term memory loss and damaged cognitive skills. David sought help and began weekly therapy sessions but the physical pain remained.
He tried countless medications and techniques, but only one thing helped- woodworking.
Woodworking gives David the fulfillment in life he feared he had lost, frees his mind, and distracts him from the pain. Once only a hobby, woodworking has quickly become a source of income for the young family.
He Wished for tools and some workshop space, which would allow his business to expand. He included a detailed business plan for his company, aptly named-Shawdust.
Hope For The Warriors® is proud to grant this Wish and make it possible for this bright entrepreneur and brave veteran to achieve his dream of supporting his growing family with the fruits of this labor.
Please help us grant this Wish by donating today. Visit our donation page and in the comments, write “Shawdust.”