Name: SSG Joshua Wayne Ives

Branch of Service: Army

Age: 31

Deployment: Iraq and Afghanistan

Wish: Small flat-bottom fishing boat

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Description of Injury:


My name is SSG Joshua Wayne Ives and I was born in 1982 in Houston, Texas. I am currently 31 years old. I am married to my beautiful wife, Kristal Ann, of Corsicana, Texas and have a daughter named Cadence Marie.

I joined the Army in May 2001. I enlisted as a U.S. Infantryman and went to basic training at Fort Benning, GA. My first day of basic training was on September 11, 2001, a day that none of us will ever forget. I graduated from there and was sent to my first duty station at Fort Hood, Texas. I was assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division. I was selected to be a sniper for the upcoming deployment to Iraq. I was deployed to Iraq in January of 2004 in the initial invasion. I was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for destroying an enemy ambush and saving 12 Soldier's lives. Some of the major battles I was in included Baghdad, Fallujah, Taji, Tikrit, and North Babil. I was extended during this deployment by President Bush for an additional three months.

Once I returned home, I was immediately reassigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division. We were getting deployed to Iraq again. I was promoted to Sergeant and was appointed to lead the Battalion Commander's Personal Security Detachment. I was deployed in September 2006. I was in the Jabouri Peninsula during this deployment. I was promoted to Staff Sergeant during this tour and was extended again by the President making this my second 15-month deployment to Iraq. Returning back to Fort Hood, I came on order to be a Drill Sergeant.

I than moved to Fort Benning, GA to train our young infantrymen. I personally trained over 300 soldiers. During my two years in Georgia, I was awarded the Drill Sergeant of the cycle, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter and received honors for the highest graduation rate in the battalion. After this assignment, I was moved to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I was assigned immediately as Infantry Platoon Sergeant and was deployed to Afghanistan after only being in Hawaii for four months. I was in the Anbar Province on the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. After eight months of being deployed, I was medevaced to Germany due to a total of eight IED and one vehicle born explosions. I was then sent back stateside and assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion.

When I was in the Wounded Warrior Battalion, I received medical treatment and evaluation from November 2011 through April 2012. I was diagnosed with severe PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sleep Apnea, Chronic Migraines, Anxiety, Memory Lapses and Hypertension. I received a 100% disability rating from Veteran's Affairs and a 90% disability rating from the U.S. Army.

I received my medical discharge on 26 December 2012 and retirement on 27 February 2013. Due to me not being able to obtain employment and the unexpected medical discharge, I have been put into a difficult financial situation. I continue to receive mental health care on a weekly basis as I am still trying to find a way to deal with my migraines that cripple me.

AWARDS:
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal with Valor
X4 Army Commendation Medals
X4 Army Achievement Medals
Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 Campaign Stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Airborne Wings
Drill Sergeant Badge
Order of the Saint Maurice

Wish:


My wish is to be able to get a kayak or small flat-bottomed boat to go fishing. My passion in life, other than my family, is fishing. Due to my severe PTSD, I am not able to be around large groups of people. The only peace I can really find in life after my combat tours is being out on a lake or river. This noise and people free environment is very soothing to me. There is a large lake very close to where I live in Tyler, TX. Having this kayak or boat would help me to leave the shore and truly enjoy being out on the water. I find myself sitting in the house everyday trying to find an excuse to go outside and fish. Beyond going to the VA hospital, I do not leave the house too much. If this wish is granted, it would help me find my solitude and that would be better than any kind of healthcare.