Often life hits you hard that it becomes difficult for you to stand up again both physically and mentally. And whenever such things happen you are bound to question your existence and most of the people in such cases surrender themselves and give up in front of the hardships. At this point, the near and dear also seem to distance themselves from the person let alone support him/her. But this wasn’t the case with Kiersten Downs, she not only married the love of her life despite his slight disability but showed the world that love conquers all. In a world when she was setting up new benchmarks in love, her groom was too a step ahead of her and amazed everyone present in the room on their wedding day.

Meet Kiersten And Thomas

If there’s any truth in the saying that love is never flawless, then Kiersten And Thomas would be an apt example of the same. They both were associated with the army but at different times of their lives and were honored during their service in the army. And the way they met still amazes many people. But then for Thomas, it was basically “love at first sight”.

Joining Air Force

The bride-to-be, Kiersten Downs, was always inspired by her grandfather who had served in World War II and was determined to join the army from her childhood. She was brave and accepted life’s challenges happily. Because of her daring personality, she was given the task to load bombs. She would happily accept whatever task she was given and was always appreciated. But one incident changed her whole life. What might have happened that the brave lady thought of stepping back for a while?

The Incident 

It was the year 2006, Kiersten had just arrived at the Iraqi airbase to fulfill her task but her heart ached upon seeing the sight of the bombs hitting Iraqi buildings. The time stood still as she saw thousands of people rushed to the local hospitals and she was forced to reconsider the choices she had made in her life. 

Taking A Step Back

No matter how smooth your life is going on, life has its own way to slow down your pace sometimes but then everything happens for good. But here, Kiersten wasn’t able to find any good learning from her recent journey to Iraq. For her, it had been a devasting experience. It was the first time in all the years that she had served in the army that she wanted to take a step back in her life and find the meaning of her life again.


When she returned home she was all broken in pieces and it was becoming hard for her to gather them all to get back on track. Though she was awarded for her services in Iraq and everyone was proud of her, nothing was making any difference in her life. She had become quiet and distance her self from people, it was evident that she needed a little time to process what she had experienced during the war.

Finding Ways

After coming home she was having a hard time concentrating on things and started to search for ways to cope up with the same. She took a few days off to concentrate on her mental health. A few days after she had arrived back she thought of an amazing idea: to ride a bike across the country. At first, it seemed to be a little hypothetical but she had made up her mind. Would this idea help her get over the trauma she was experiencing?