There was something commanding about Ari Sonnenberg when I first met him. Listening to him talk was like sitting in my grandfather’s living room, hearing stories. War stories. Appropriately veiled, an honesty arose that demanded respect and a version of thankfulness that is hard to define. Ari enlisted in the US Army when he was seventeen and was deployed to the most dangerous and taxing combat zones. Like many others, he left the service with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD to find a broken Veterans Affairs system. Throughout his military career, his transition back into civilian life and his battle with the VA which culminated in his testifying in front of Congress, Ari’s constant was his bicycle. He was kind enough to spend some time with us and tell his story as the third installment of our Stay Brave profile stories.
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