You can be called plenty of things in the Navy. But according to Barry Floyd, nothing beats earning the title of “Doc.”
“That’s the biggest honor a Navy corpsman can get,” said Barry, who served 24 years as a hospital corpsman — an enlisted medical specialist.
He attended to countless Marines during his service. But even he couldn’t save everyone.
“Mike Johnson and Allan Espiritu, I lost in combat. Daniel Buck…different story,” Barry recalled.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Daniel Buck’s passing was exceptionally hard for Barry because there was no bandage, no ointment, no cure for what he was battling. His mental health issues ultimately drove him to suicide.
“When I found out about that, I was crushed,” Barry said.
These issues are familiar foes to Barry and numerous veterans.
“We battle demons on a daily basis, and that’s the word I want to get out: not all wounds are visible,” Barry said. “This is my platform to start with.”
The steps forward are literal for Barry: he’s raising awareness and support for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) by participating in WWP’s Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®. The event allows participants to complete a 5K wherever is easiest for them, all while supporting the life-changing programs and services WWP provides, which Barry and his wife have relied on.
“I was in the deep throes of post-traumatic stress disorder, and she needed someone to talk to,” Barry said. “Wounded Warrior Project stepped up.”
Full of gratitude, he’s seizing another opportunity to help others by raising awareness about veteran suicide.
“Everything that Wounded Warrior Project has done for me and my fellow veterans makes it even more important for me to get more involved in something like this,” Barry said.
You can join Barry by registering your own virtual Carry Forward today. All money raised supports injured veterans and their families through WWP. Warriors never pay a penny for any WWP program or service; they already paid their dues on the battlefield.
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