Daniel Mahoney was as a Machinist Mate in the Navy from 1986 to 1989. His naval duties took him to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mayport Nava, FL, Djibouti, and at Bahrain’s Naval Support Base. While at sea in the Suez Canal, Mahoney witnessed an explosive attack upon and sinking of a tanker, an event that he describes as unforgettable. He received an honorable discharge in 1989, but faced subsequent struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and spent a period of time homeless. By the time of his 2013 interview Mahoney was long sober, received an Associates Degree with high honors from North Shore Community College, and had made the Dean’s list as a Social Work major at Salem State. He speaks forthrightly and passionately about PTSD, addiction, recovery, and veterans’ services.