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drink water and breathe,” at which time she also brings him calories so he can continue being a computer commando until he leaves the office around 7:30, in time to put his kids to bed. Next, he exercises, as staying fit and participating in sports are a priority. When done, he collapses on the couch, eats, “and passes out,” he somewhat jokes. Finally, he reads a few minutes of fantasy fiction in the genre of George R.R. Martin’s Game


of Thrones before sleep. “It’s Celtic man- porn,” he laughs, but it relaxes him. The next day is rinse and repeat.


In addition to fiction, another escape for Daigle and his family are international vacations. My wife and I want our kids to see how other cultures live; we think it will make them better people. The first time I went outside the country is when I went to Iraq. When you’ve been deployed as much as I have, first-world problems really don’t mean anything.”


Proudest Accomplishment


The reason those problems don’t rattle Daigle brings us back to the beginning of this profile and that struggle to talk about his proudest accomplishment. Acknowledging that achievement requires him to also admit personal suffering, as the strands of accomplishment and suffering are intertwined into one cord. For too many of his friends, the suffering strand prevailed and strangled them in despair. However, Daigle managed to climb the combined cord to a more hopeful place. This is his answer:


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“After what I’ve been through on my multiple (military) deployments: losing friends and having some burden of killing people—or, worse, not being able to save people—seeing the consequences of war, and spending time with widows, what’s important to most people is not important to me. I don’t really judge myself by accomplishments or things I’ve done. For guys like me, and other veterans who have been through some of the darkest places in their lives, just getting through the day can be hard.


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“The reason I was medically discharged from the Army was because I was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It happened after my first deployment, and I hid it. Then they figured it out when I started experiencing panic attacks again in 2009. Getting through the day was a struggle. I thought I was making my condition better by staying focused on the mission and fighting, pouring all of my


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resources and soul into the mission. Professional counselors later told me that I was just making it worse, that I instead had to address my feelings. I’ve lost a lot of friends and colleagues to suicide … a lot of them. So the fact that I’m still here, with a great job and an amazing family, I think is a pretty big accomplishment.


“I know I’m still pouring all of my life into other people and into this company, but this is what I do to survive. If I can share my struggles and make an impact on one person’s life, that’s an accomplishment right there.


“Every day is an accomplishment.”


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