Most every parent has had that particular nightmare. The one where a child is vulnerable and can't be helped. The most primal instinct of protection thwarted by circumstance or bad fortune. It doesn't really matter what the cause, only the effect. 'I think the saddest moment of my adult life was when I realized I couldn't pick up my two-year-old daughter. I couldn't physically do it. I couldn't safely do it.' Robert, a Marine officer and lawyer who was, 'used to being in control,' found himself in a world-turned-upside-down scenario. 'I was in a position where if something happened, I could not be the responsible party to take care of her by myself. And that's a terrifying thing as a young father.' Robert was not accustomed to feeling vulnerable. He was the guy who worked hard, adapted as needed and moved forward – until he couldn't. After breaking his leg in three places, undergoing surgery and being deemed not physically qualified to continue with Marine Officer Training School at the time, Robert focused his efforts on earning his master's in international law in Scotland and beginning his domestic law school education in Arizona. He did not give up on his dream of being a Marine, going on active duty in 2015.