Michael H. Walker joined the United States Army in 2004 and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He served as a truck driver in his first deployment to Iraq in 2005. Traveling the roads of Iraq daily, his vehicle took numerous Improvised Explosive Device blasts. Upon his return to the States, he was diagnosed with acute Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition, he underwent stomach surgery at Evans Army hospital. Following his surgery, Michael’s gastro-intestinal symptoms continued and became chronic, which is an ongoing health issue is caused in part by PSTD.
Michael participated in his first Ride 2 Recovery event in July 2011, at the urging of a fellow veteran. He considers riding with fellow veterans to be the best prescription for healing of the mind as well as the body.