Eric Grandon, 47 and scathed from serving in six tours with the U.S. Army, looked out over his property for more than a year. He aimlessly gazed out his storm door and often wondered what he could do with the rest of his life.
The Clay County man never expected to be collecting Social Security Disability benefits at age 45. Grandon, like many veterans returning from combat, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He said it stems from his involvement in Operation Desert Storm.
Grandon has been discriminated against. His anxiety and PTSD prevent him from working in society.
His pride, however, was restored when he met James McCormick.
McCormick, owner of Raising Cane Farms in Mason County, is also a retired wounded veteran who served in two combat tours with the U.S. Army. His mission is to work with veterans who are returning from combat by providing them a place to work and relax with a team of other veterans. He has found value in agriculture.