In 2000, while he was a member of the Air National Guard, Bennett transferred to the Navy to become a chaplain. Throughout his naval career, Bennett has enjoyed focusing on a variety of missions and traveling to new locations; however, he has found serving alongside his fellow Sailors the most gratifying aspect of his work. He says it was a “personal calling” to become part of the Chaplain Corps, and his experience in the Navy has been very rewarding and fulfilling. He was diagnosed with PTSD after serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, where he cared for the injured and dying. With the tremendous support of his family and medical professionals, he is learning to live with and treat his condition. Bennett is planning to complete his doctorate of ministry at Regent University, and he hopes to become a professor.

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Rickey Bennett

Retired Navy Lieutenant

Age: 51

Current Command/Position: Retired

Current Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sustained in combat operations in 2004