Traumatized by the things that he had seen in the military, Simmons found it difficult to readjust to the reality of civilian life. He tried to get medical treatment for PTSD, but his claim was rejected twice.
Then, in 2012, Simmons decided to move thousands of miles across the country from the eastern United States to Grants Pass, Oregon. There, he found himself homeless with only his Jeep for shelter.
Conditions were tough. The Oregon rain was almost constant, and Simmons struggled to find the motivation to overcome his depression. However, even in those bleak moments, the veteran clung on to one ray of light in his life – Puppi, the dog he had adopted after finding her on a mountain back in 2004.