Andy was born in Bismark, North Dakota. At the age of eleven, the family moved to Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin where Andy continues to live to this day. After a five-year apprenticeship for steam fitting, Andy decided to enter the United States Marines to serve his country.
The Corporal was stationed in California and Wisconsin. Additionally, between 2002 and 2008, he was deployed on two occasions to Iraq during his six years of service as a Marine Infantryman. Invisible and physical injuries led Andy to be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and tinnitus. Andy injuries proved to be obstacles to some employment.
Back in the US, Andy is a steamfitter with the State of Wisconsin. Andy received his service dog LEGEND from Puppy Jake Foundation in May 2017. LEGEND has already made a notable improvement in Andy’s life. As Andy has said, “Since getting LEGEND, I have been getting out with my family and living life for the first time in a long time. Before LEGEND, I had given up hobbies and activities. I am now able to attend my children’s activities and be busy with them.”
Andy and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters. The family resides in Ft. Atkinson, WI.