Doug CAIN

I have always been focused on sports; especially football. As a high school football player, I took pride in being a team member of a championship team. After highschool, I walked onto the Darton College football team and received a scholoarship. Sadly, my lack of focus and discipline as a student caused me to fail at football; I just couldn't make the grades because I was more focused on having fun than being a serious student.

 

After dropping out of college, I made a life altering decision to join the Marines. I became a Corporal squad leader of a regimental combat team, in support of Operation Iraqui Freedom II.  As a combat soldier, I was involved in numerous enemy improvised explosive device attacks, small arms ambushes, and indirect fire attacks; a bomb actually blew up 5 feet away from me. Thankfully, God kept me safe and allowed me to become the acting Platoon Sergeant after my Platoon Commander was wounded.

 

During a 3-day period I led my men through 2 significant enemy attacks. God gave me courage and the leadership skills to lead my marines in the successful evacuation of 12 casualties from the platoon. As a result of my actions, I was awarded with Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and a Commendation from the United States Marine Corps and the Department of the Navy.

 

 

After returning to civilian life, I found myself becoming very distressed by many things that reminded me of the war; I startled easily, couldn't sleep well, had flashbacks and a lot of unresolved anger. At the time, I did not know I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I had no way of coping with my feelings; resulting in 10 arrests for fighting and disorderly conduct in a 3-year period. I went from being a hero to being a criminal; my life was out of control.

 

By God's grace, the military sent me to a 6-months rehabilitation program that helped me address the anger issues and alcohol problems in my life. I still have symptoms of PTSD, but now I have coping skills and maintain a well-balanced life. After becoming clean an sober, I was able to walk onto the Valdosta State Varsity Football Championship Team; this time I was a changed man. I earned a BA in Kinesiology, and in 2012 I became a COGI Certified Personal Trainer. Now, after all of my failures, my life has turned completely around-- I am the high school Defensive Co-ordinator Coach for football  and  Coach of the the track team in Perry, FL. I am living proof that you can change your life and achieve your dreams. It is my honor to help others achieve their dreams in life and fitness.

My motto is, "It's never too late to be all you can be."

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Thomasville, GA 31792

(229) 226-2220

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