The Beauty of a Darker Sould

A friend of mine, former Army Major Josh Mantz has an amazing story.  Josh’s story and passion for life is both amazing and an inspiration for all Americans. Legally dead for 15 minutes, Josh came back only to fight an emotional and spiritual war with himself as his life spiraled out of control back home.  His story…

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