Veteran Clint Cash proudly enlisted in the US Army in 2009 to serve his country, and he continues to serve here at home through a veteran non-profit organization at New Freedom Farm. More than anything, his service overseas had a tremendous impact on his life and serves as a constant reminder to be thankful for all that he has.
When Clint turned 18, he had all his intentions on joining the Navy. He desired serving and that was all that he wanted to do. At the last second, he decided to pull out of the enlistment process to pursue other endeavors. However, after the tragic events of September 11th occurred, the fire inside him was lit once again. Over the next 8 years before enlisting, Clint’s desire to serve in the military grew stronger and stronger.
As the 2008 recession hit, Clint finally decided that it was his time to enlist. Jobs were scarce, and the military provided a stable work environment. That coupled with his patriotism, he finally pursued his original calling as he joined the US Army in January 2009. He was stationed all over the country from Ft. Knox, KY to Ft Lewis, WA and Ft Irwin, CA, and then to Afghanistan.
Clint served for over four years in total and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. While deployed, Clint pulled border patrol duty between Afghanistan and Pakistan which made a lasting impression on him. He got to experience how happy and joyous the local people were over the simple things that we often take for granted. Receiving something as simple as a blanket, for example, meant the world to these people, especially the children of Afghanistan.
Currently, Clint works at New Freedom Farm. Located in Buchanan, VA, this nonprofit organization aids veterans and first responders with PTSD, substance use, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other conditions using equine therapy and peer-to-peer support. Clint is extremely passionate about his work there as it allows him to serve others and provide critical aid to fellow veterans in their healing. He also enjoys the brotherhood and comradeship at the farm as it reminds him of his experiences in the military.
Clint along with three other employees at New Freedom Farm were honored as Hometown Heroes and their stories will be released in the following months! You can read more about the presentation here.
Branch Partner Jonathan Sweat from The Legacy Team Roanoke, VA branch was honored to present Clint with his Hometown Hero award.
*Pictured left to right: Andrew Kintgen, Melvin Smith, Fred Owens, Clint Cash, and Branch Partner Jonathan Sweat
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