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Jacob Schaelling

Jacob Schaelling

Veteran Leader Corps AmeriCorps Member, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Jacob served as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, 1-505 PIR. He was deployed to Afghanistan from May 2011-Feb 2012 with his regiment attached to special operations. He left the Army as a sergeant and is now a 2nd-year Nursing student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He plans on becoming a Nurse-Practitioner specializing in family medicine. In his spare time he enjoy reading and hiking.


This isn’t a story about war, about the wounds—both visible and invisible—that soldiers are left to carry after war, or the trauma that goes hand in hand with being a soldier.  You won’t find details of battle or unsettling imagery in this tale.  This story is about strength and determination beyond the experience of war; this story embodies the power of self-identity as a veteran.  It’s a story of integrating the person that you once were with the person you are now...