Memorial Day Remembrance: Justen Caris

This Memorial Day weekend is about remembering our American hero’s who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we have today.
Over the next three days we will be remembering loved ones who are no longer with us.
We ask that you take a minute and say a prayer for their loved ones left behind.
Justen Caris heartbreakingly lost his battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and took his life on September 23, 2016.
Today, we are going to celebrate the bravery and heroic service of: Justen Robert
Justen Caris served as a 1371 Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps.
He had two deployments to Afghanistan, where he provided counter-improvised explosive device operations.
Aug 27, 2010 – May 12, 2011 & Oct 31, 2012 – April 19, 2013
Justen received the following decorations, medals, citations and campaign ribbons:
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon (Afghanistan)
Navy Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/2 Stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)
Justen also qualified as a Sharpshooter (Rifle)
Justen’s legacy continues to live on with the amazing Justen Caris Memorial Foundation.
Last year we were blessed when his mother Amy and his father Bob shared with us that we would be the recipient of the 2023 fundraiser.
Justen, we want to say to you THANK YOU! With the donations given from that event we were able to put 3 Veterans through our 50 week Equine Assisted Therapy program. Ultimately SAVING 3 LIVES!
Justen we did not have the pleasure of meeting you in person, but we will be forever grateful for your selfless and tireless commitment you gave to our country.
To Bob, Amy and Noah, our thoughts and prayers are with you over this Memorial Day weekend.
If you have not visited the Justen Caris Memorial Foundation to see how you can be a sponsor for the 2024 fundraiser, please take a minute and visit their site.
Blessings and prayers to all!

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