Michael Carson is from Bovina TX a small town in West Texas. He grew up as a ranch and farm kid with his younger sister, mom, dad, and grandparents. He went to Friona High School and was highly involved in sports like football, basketball, track, cross country, rodeo and FFA. After High School he decided to join the Army National Guard and swore in on 9/11 unknowing of what the day would bring. He would spend the next 14 years Active duty and spend a total of 19 years, 5 months, and 22 days in the US ARMY. His main Job was an 11B infantryman and was an Instructor for 12 of those years in Urban Operations, Marksmanship, Heavy Weapons, Combatives (Hand to Hand), and the Warrior Transition Course. He has done 1 tour in Iraq 2005-2006 (Operation Iraqi Freedom) attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he did 100’s of missions all over Iraq.
One of the worst missions he witnessed a suicide bomber hit the front gate in Al Diwaniya (camp Echo) and one “close call” where a rocket hit an AC unit just outside his tent by his cot. He did 1 tour in Kosovo in 2010-2011 (KFOR 14) were he would be blown up, witness one of his best friends almost get beat to death, and he was captured and drug into Serbia for a very short time and then rescued. After returning home from the first mission Michael would lose one of his closest friends to suicide after they had been drinking together the night before. After returning home from the second deployment, he would lose another friend of his to suicide sending him into an unknown realm and unseen wounds. He struggled with the unseen wounds of war and could not see, nor would he admit that it was overtaking him. He would use work, adrenaline, working out, alcohol, and was extremely angry all the time. He was married and had two girls Grayson and Hadley the only good thing in his life, but even they would not be enough to overcome the invisible wounds. His wife would divorce him and after that He would spiral out of control. He moved away from them and eventually got into drugs and then attempted suicide by ingesting 31 pill bottles, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, and almost a gallon of liquor in less than 5 min.
God relentlessly pursued him during all of this. After his suicide attempt, He had a unique encounter with the Lord speaking to him through a drug dealer, Bible app., fellow veteran, and a Combat Trauma Healing Manual. Through these amazing series of events God would lead Michael to His son Jesus. After surrendering to Jesus, Michael would embark on a journey that has lead him true Freedom. He has found his true identity in Christ, He is a Freedom Fighter, and is highly trained and equipped to lead others to Freedom through and in Christ. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Outreach for the Freedom Fighter Foundation. He is an Ordained Chaplain serving the Round Rock Police Department. He is the Williamson County Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator supervising 14 Mentors and up to 60 veterans struggling with the unseen wounds of war and participating in the veterans treatment court program. He has started 4 veteran, family, and first responder peer support groups with up to 12 people per group at times. He is and continues to be a Biblical Husband to His amazing wife Crystal. He is a Biblical father to his daughters Grayson and Hadley who are now back in his life. He is a Biblical man to his 3 step sons Jacob, Jonah, and Jude. His love for the Lord continues to grow each day and he has found his new purpose in life and his purpose in the pain. God spared him in this world to bring others through the darkness and help be Gods Light in this dark world. He has the Love of the father and wants to give it freely to his brothers and sisters in arms and in Christ. Freedom was not Free on the Cross nor on the Battle Field defending this country. He has chosen to Live for those who have died for your Freedom and he wants to help you do the same. One of his favorite quotes is by Jim Elliot that says, “he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”