A Warrior's Garden is a document of Malachias Journey of finding a self-therapeutic path to living with PTSD. Malachias has a goal of helping every veteran he can to find three piece of themselves. Spiritual, Creative, and Physical. And how to turn them from their what into their why and integrate them into their daily life.
Malachias Gaskin Is the Author of “A Warrior’s Garden, Therapeutic guide to living with PTSD”, the founder of “Warfighter Gardens” a veteran’s and first responder garden therapy non for profit. Malachias joined the Indiana Army National Guard in Jan 1994 at 18 years old and served both as a Combat medic and an Infantryman for 9 years. In April 2006 He enlisted into the Active Army as a Combat medic and served for 8 years. He did 28 months in Iraq during the surge and Operation New Dawn. He was medically retired for PTSD, TBI, arthritis, hearing loss, and bursitis at 100% and retired to Columbia, Tennessee. He is married with three children.
After 3 years of counseling and medications from the Army, Malachias decided that he needed something more and transitioned to a more non-chemical based and alternative therapy based road to recovery. Using three main pillars, Faith (Spiritual), Music (Creative), and Organic Gardening (Physicality) “A Warrior’s Garden” and “Warfighter Gardens” were born.
Psi Chi Psychology National Honors Society
Combat Medic Badge
Army Commendation Medal x5
Army Achievement Medal x4
Reserve component achievement medal x3
Army Good Conduct Medal x2
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Citation x2
Presidential Unit Citation x2
Iraqi Campaign Medal w/3 Stars
Non-Commissioned Education Ribbon w/2
Overseas ribbon w/2
Tennessee Colonel Aide De Camp
Desmond Doss 2019 Humanitarian Award
Warfighter Gardens is a 501c3 that focuses on using alternative self-therapy methods for treating PTSD specifically Individual Faith, Gardening, Agriculture, and Music therapies and more. We service Veterans, Law enforcement, First Responders, and their families. We are veteran founded and run.
WARFIGHTER GARDENS IS STAFFED 100% BY VOLUNTEERS. NO ONE TAKES A PAY CHECK.
Our mission is to provide:
1. Therapy gardens at no cost to Veterans, first responders, and their families.
2. Exposure to multiple different alternative modalities in self-therapy.
As a practicing attorney Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Warfighter Gardens as our “Development Coordinator.” Matt is currently Associate General Counsel for The Wavecrest Management Team, LTD located in Richmond Hill, NY. Although Matt did not serve in the military, Matt’s passion and drive to assist our nation’s vete
As a practicing attorney Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Warfighter Gardens as our “Development Coordinator.” Matt is currently Associate General Counsel for The Wavecrest Management Team, LTD located in Richmond Hill, NY. Although Matt did not serve in the military, Matt’s passion and drive to assist our nation’s veterans knows no bounds. Matt comes to Warfighter Gardens, after having previously served on the boards of directors of “Together for the Good, Inc.,” and “Code of Vets”, and is currently a volunteer for Irreverent Warriors, New York City silky hike. As “Development Coordinator,” Matt works within the business and veterans communities to grow our veteran outreach programs. Matt is often found at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY supporting Army Black Knights athletic teams, and speaking to cadets who are seeking to pursue a career in the legal profession.
Juan joined the Army at 18 years of age July 9th, 2001. He served as a 63B (now 91B) All Wheeled Mechanic for 3rd ID, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 26th FSB. In 2004 he transitioned to SVC BTRY 1/143rd FA for the California National Guard. After a short 11-month period he reenlisted to Active Army where he was then again assigned to the 3rd ID
Juan joined the Army at 18 years of age July 9th, 2001. He served as a 63B (now 91B) All Wheeled Mechanic for 3rd ID, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 26th FSB. In 2004 he transitioned to SVC BTRY 1/143rd FA for the California National Guard. After a short 11-month period he reenlisted to Active Army where he was then again assigned to the 3rd ID. He had multiple tours in Iraq spanning from the surge from Kuwait into Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom I, OIF III, OIF V, OIF VII transitioning into the start of Operation New Dawn. Being a part of the security platoon called TopFlite, they were used to escort much needed supplies and equipment to all units in the division. Many assignments came up such as PSD, EOD Escort, DVART, QRF. Every deployment brought on new challenges, but they were all met with a force that could not be reckoned with. A group of individuals put together from all walks ensured that the combat arms units could focus on their mission while TopFlite kept them without need. Fast forward to April 7th, 2011 he left the Army and transitioned to the civilian sector. Going to school to become a Golf Professional he chose to caddy in the golf industry. His caddy career started at Harbour Town where they host of the RBC Heritage. Later becoming a caddy at Augusta National where they host the Masters. After some time, he began to work as a Subject Matter Expert II, Mid Atlantic Professionals, Inc. TA SSI. There he works as an assault force trainer providing pre deployment training, planning, and other military offensive and support operations utilizing intelligence to streamline unit integration into their assigned element in preparation for their deployment.
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal (4th Award)
Army Achievement Medal (4th Award)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award)
USAF Presidential Unit Citation
Good Conduct Medal (3rdAward)
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award)
Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Combat Action Badge
Driver and Mechanic Badge (2nd Award)
Perseverance Award (Professional Golfers Career College) Associates in Business Golf Management