Marine veteran Robert Serocki Jr. always knew he wanted to serve his country, dating back to when he was 5 years old and living in Detroit.

He served his country in the United States Marine from 1988 to 1992, also serving in the first Gulf War in 1990.

Serocki Jr. said he planned on making a career inside the military, attending U.S. Corps Marine Scout Sniper School in Southern California and being top of his class.

He was told by his commanding officers that he would be a perfect drill instructor for the Marines.

Serocki Jr. said it was something that he always wanted to pursue, but after serving in the Gulf War he decided he was done serving in the military.

When he entered civilian life, Serocki Jr. bounced around to different occupations from being a rodeo cowboy to expanding his own landscaping business.

He also received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with an emphasis on archaeology, from Arizona State University in 2001.

However, after serving in the military he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leading him to losing his job, his two houses and filling for bankruptcy.

Serocki Jr. suffered from PTSD for nearly 20 years, and got to a breaking point where he tried to end his life twice.

After countless traumatic experiences he said he began to find solace through writing about the experiences he went through as a veteran who was on the path of healing.

Serocki Jr. has written two books, “A Line in the Sand” and “Chrysalis,” that highlights different accounts of his life in the military and what he faced in civilian life.

He is currently a full-time author. His goal through his writing is to shed light on what veterans go through in and out of the military, and show that there are healthier alternatives to take when dealing with any type of grief.

“Through my life I hope to help people understand what veterans have gone through and what they continue to go through. Thus, helping people to understand how better to help veterans,” Serocki Jr. said.

For now, he is working on completing his third book and attending weekly creative-writing workshops at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix.

For more information about Serocki Jr. and to purchase his books, visit www.robertserocki.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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