Ben Kilhefner first joined the Navy in 2007 as a Corpsman. He had several deployments over the years to Afghanistan. In 2014, Ben medically retired from service due to injuries sustained during his time in the military, and faced challenges while transitioning back to civilian life. He can now look back and reflect on his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and adds that it’s the people in his life who helped him get out of that dark place.
Ben was able to get connected with Semper Fi & America’s Fund. The organization’s Apprenticeship Program helped him find a new passion project: woodworking. “The warrior table, as I call it, represents the things I’ve gone through in my life through my military experience. If you look at the table, you’ve got all these walnut keys inside there. In the beginning it’s just a cherry slab. It gets cut,” he explains. “But just like military trauma experiences, you’re broken like the table. But at the end of it, those pieces are what’s holding you together.”
See Ben’s Warrior Table in The Fund’s 2021 Virtual Auction and bid for a chance to win this one of a kind piece: https://bit.ly/3tWVcyn
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