Army Sergeant Alan Allison joined the military out of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2007 because he wanted to serve his country, provide for his family and receive an education. He served until he was honorably discharged in 2015.
Throughout his eight years of service, including multiple tours in Iraq, Sergeant Allison sustained many physical and psychological injuries. In one incident while jumping from a Humvee, he hurt his back, neck, left shoulder and left ankle. His years in combat also left him with severe PTSD.