Once, while walking around Columbus Circle, we met a man named Allen and his pet Pitbull named Nitro. Although this area is one of the wealthiest and most exclusive on the Island of Manhattan, Allen was homeless, and slept on the sidewalk in front of Lincoln Center.
Allen had served in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, Allen was a member of the Military Police, and then was part of the Bomb-squad unit once he was deployed to Iraq. One day while on a mission, Allen and his team fell victim to an IED attack. After the horrific explosion that tore through his vehicle, Allen was lucky to be alive, but he didn't escape unharmed. Allen had to undergo many surgical procedures to remove shrapnel that was embedded deep within his body, and need to have his bones screwed back together. As a result of the most life changing injury Allen sustained as a result of that tragic day, he is now missing a portion of the frontal lobe on the right side of the brain.
Like many soldiers come home after serving in a war, Allen suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which has totally destroyed his life. As his symptoms worsened his family could not handle his behavior any longer, and his wife decided to divorce him. Allen had no job, no family, no wife, nothing. So as a result, Allen decided to travel around the U.S. and see the country he once fought for.