In 2004 I served one year in Iraq with the 1-163rd Infantry, a Montana ARNG unit. On one mission an Associated Press photojournalist snapped photos of my platoon clearing houses. Motivated by the photojournalist's mission, I returned home where I studied Journalism at the University of Montana with intent to return to conflict zones. In school I found video editing and my passion pivoted to documentary based outdoor stories. In the summers I worked as a river guide on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon and kayaked in my off time. After graduation I started my video production business, Big Cedar Media, with intent to tell documentary stories. As a veteran storyteller I have focused my camera on post 9/11 veterans overcoming combat injuries through outdoor adventure. Some of these stories take place around rivers and consist of kayaking.