For Mikel, a proud husband and dad of five, there's nothing more important than family.
"It's always been my kids first, my wife second and myself third," he said. "Family to me is number one."
That selfless attitude is what motivated Mikel to join the United States Army. And as part of his eight years of service, Mikel was deployed to Iraq in 2005.
While he was honored to serve, his time overseas took a significant toll.
"After coming home, everything that seemed normal before had changed," he said. "Every night I'm haunted by the past. It just makes life