21 Nov November Story Of Support
J.L. Ortiz was 17 when he felt the call. He joined the Army, and like many who were enlisted, he was deployed in 2009. J.L. served honorably for a year before returning home to the civilian world. But adjusting to life after service can be incredibly difficult.
After coming home, J.L. suffered from serious symptoms of PTSD. It was a scary time for him and his family. “They couldn’t recognize me anymore,” he shares, “I was agitated, depressed, and felt like I had lost my fight.” Every step felt heavy, every day felt impossible. He was traumatized. He wanted to give up. He almost did…
But J.L.’s story wasn’t over yet. His family was there for him every step of the way. Their love and dedication reminded him of why he chose to serve in the first place. He found resources, he began talking to others about his experiences, and slowly but surely, he found purpose again.
“Then I felt the second call,” J.L. explains, “it was somehow even more powerful than the call to serve.” He began reaching out to others with similar stories. He wanted to do more for his fellow veterans facing tough times. That’s when J.L. met HonorBound.
We were inspired by his story and teamed up for a special charity music video called “A Year’s Not Far Away.” The song tells the story of J.L.’s year of active duty deployment and portrays the emotions of soldiers during and after combat. It explores the pain of missing loved ones at home, as well as the sacrifices made by many service members to protect our country and our freedoms.
All money raised will go to assisting veterans in crisis nationwide. Such aid includes security deposits for homeless veterans, PTSD care, food, education and much more. Too many veterans face hardships after service. We as a country need to step up and do more for them. We hope that this moving song will inspire people to get more involved in veterans’ issues, and to say “Thank You” to those who served.
J.L. has bravely used his talent to tell his story to the world. He wants every veteran to know: we see you, we hear you, and you are NOT alone.