The Story of who the ICT Trashman is

    A Veteran of the War(s) on Terror (Operation OEF 08-09).  His time spent being a part of the global fighting force, back before Osama Bin Laden was located and just as the surge was being undertaken in Iraq, opened up his mind to the incredible freedoms and opportunities we all have as Americans. 

        We all have stories and a past.  Each unique to ourselves. His is no different than many others.  But with being betrayed by his wife, yet again during his almost 14 years being together, being removed from his home, the state stepping in to take custody of his two children while he was homeless and hungry, having the label on him of "crazy war soldier" and the name tag of "Violent Felon", hospitalized for over 7 months due to his PTSD from the war, lie after lie was told, false fabrications that had him  locked away on more than one instance, and finally,  finally after he lost everything , was he free to do anything. 

     But with having been given the status "unemployable" by the Veterans Administration, so while most would dive into their job to occupy their mind, he did not have that option.  But as a man, one must have something to work towards.  and as a soldier forever, there is a need for a mission.  This had became his mission.

                                      The     "ICT Trashman". 

    

"The goodness is there.  The goodness is in many places, even if hidden,  or masked.  It's there. You just have to look for it sometimes."   Jon Marple

     Yes it's time consuming and a lot of work, but it sure can build character in someone with how selfless in nature it is.  And while realistic in his world,  in most, it is not.   Most only ever see the surface but within his layers, there is guilt and pain. 

     His own conscience had been stretched far past the ability to justify or give reason as to why he had to learn these things. To have personal experiences with witnessing the evils a person is capable of.  To know, to be fully aware of, that no matter how things appear on Tuesday, what happens on Thursday is open to the circumstances at hand.  Any person is capable of any thing.  Given the right circumstances. 

     His story is not one of success but rather one of constant battles.  For the ones I love and to keep by the values I hold.  Those values dictate my actions.  And when I put the bottle down, I began to make sense of the different areas in life.  I have America to think for that.  

.  The opportunities I have been given, I try to never take for granted a few things.   Life, with Liberty, our Freedom, and my abilities to grow, learn, change, and remember..  But honesty I value most over all.  It allows you to be and remain humble.  It allows you to accept.

    I seek to gain from success in this world like everybody else.. Not in a typical way either i must point out.  Which means a different way.  Different is the approach i need to reach such conclusions, a different way comes from different thoughts..  Success from failure, gain from loss, creation by destruction.  Those area not my style.

     Through the ICT Trashman, I have successfully found purpose and a way to serve my community and country again.  Not one negative thing can I think about in regards to it.  And it truly does benefit everyone. To make neighborhoods more appealing, by picking up trash.  Not very oroginal .  But in the city,  cruising a couple of side streets, feeling good about myself, and properly disposing of the trash nobody is claiming.  Let alone willing to pick up. Trash that has always seemed to be there, will always be there unless effort is there to pick it up.


With the simplest of goals in mind, I try to make the landscape of wherever I am a more beautiful, lovely, and natural-looking environment — background and foreground.


     I believe having a trash-free landscape makes for much more beautiful scenery.  One’s field of view can bring with it peace, calmness, and serenity if not looking upon the carelessness as humans.  My objective to make Wichita, Kansas not only nicer to look at but to live in as well.  And starting from nothing is the best way to honestly do something different.



 
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