Always Faithful

Story and photography by MATT BROCKMAN

The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program ignites a sense of purpose in wounded  warriors.

JOHN MAYER REMEMBERS THE FIRST TIME HE LOST A FELLOW SOLDIER IN COMBAT. “He was 19 years old and pretty much bled to death in my arms,” recalls Mayer, a 33-year-old U.S. Marine Corps officer who was deployed to Iraq multiple times. “I sat there watching him die, and I wanted to tell him how much his country, his unit and his fellow Marines loved him.

But I couldn’t do it because it was too late.” It wasn’t too late for others, however. Acutely aware of the devastating effects of warfare, Mayer’s passion now is to help the many wounded survivors and their families. “It was quite an honor when the Comman-dant asked me to lead the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, which is in charge of the non-medical recovery of wounded, critically ill and injured Marines,” Mayer says. “I did that from 2010 to 2012. It touched me greatly and changed my life.”

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