Ryan Stream is a man with a mis­sion.

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Jan­ice Helmick with Ryan Stream for Serve Daily

Ev­ery once in a while, you meet some­one you be­come re­ally im­pressed with be­cause of their com­mit­ment to what they are do­ing and their abil­ity to do it. My hus­band, Ed, and I first met Ryan Stream on Au­gust 19, 2017, at the De­mo­li­tion Derby at the County Fair in Span­ish Fork. Ryan fol­lowed the flag into the arena on a trailer while play­ing a pi­ano. Ryan sang the na­tional an­them and then sang a song to pay trib­ute to Jim Louder, who has been the an­nouncer for the derby from the be­gin­ning.

The next time we saw Ryan he was giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at a con­ven­tion in Provo. The theme of his re­marks was home­less to hero. He stressed the fact that we are the au­thors of our own story. He talks about sleep­ing in home­less shel­ters, fos­ter homes, be­ing adopted, ad­dicted to drugs, go­ing to jail mul­ti­ple times and then chang­ing his life by serv­ing our coun­try and de­ploy­ing to Afghanistan two times.

Here is his story in his own words: My name is Ryan An­drew Stream. I am a 27-year-old hus­band, fa­ther, mo­ti­va­tional speaker, mu­si­cian, sol­dier, high school foot­ball coach, and I also work full­time at a plant called Ma­te­rion in Delta, Utah. I do any­thing and ev­ery­thing I pos­si­bly can do to make a dif­fer­ence. My broth­ers and I slept some nights in a home­less shel­ter and stayed in dif­fer­ent fos­ter care homes. One by one we were sep­a­rated from one an­other feel­ing lost, alone, scared and any­thing you can pos­si­bly feel as kids. Our bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents loved us, but the choices and the de­ci­sions they made only led them to ad­dic­tions, jail and prison.

After a few hard, sad, chal­leng­ing years, and liv­ing in dif­fer­ent states and dif­fer­ent places, all four of us boys were re­united and adopted by the Stream fam­ily. This fam­ily from Hunt­ing­ton, Emery County never gets the recog­ni­tion they de­serve for chang­ing the lives of three boys, then two years later be­ing able to adopt our youngest brother. The Stream fam­ily al­ready had six girls and one boy and were kind and lov­ing enough to open their arms and home for four more. The Stream fam­ily raised us to be right­eous and to al­ways place God first in all we do. Dur­ing high school, I joined the mil­i­tary be­cause I wanted to make a change, and I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence. After re­turn­ing home, I started to work in the coal mines and shortly after that started to at­tend col­lege.

I had just re­ceived my $20,000 sign on bonus and was mak­ing $25 an hour work­ing in the coal mine at the age of 18. I was more suc­cess­ful than any­one my age and most peo­ple older than me. I felt like I had life by the horns, didn’t need to lis­ten to my par­ents or any­one who tried to give me ad­vice. At the age of 19, I moved to Orem and started to get in a lot of trou­ble. I went to jail mul­ti­ple times and got ad­dicted to drugs.Soon I was home­less and sleep­ing in my car be­cause of the bad choices that I had made.

I changed my life and was able to serve my coun­try twice in Afghanistan. Our mis­sion was to find bombs placed on the road and to clear the route be­fore any and all per­son­nel to pass. Our year-long mis­sion was very dan­ger­ous - men­tally and phys­i­cally drain­ing. We de­ployed 32 sol­diers in my pla­toon and 23 of the 32 sol­diers were blown up by an IED.

I was di­ag­nosed with two mild trau­matic brain in­juries, hear­ing loss, and PTSD. I re­mem­ber cry­ing alone on a bench one night be­cause I was not sure I was go­ing to make it home alive. I was 21 years old, and I did not want to die.

In July of 2011, I did not re­turn home with every­one I de­ployed with. I mar­ried my best friend and fin­ished one se­mes­ter of school be­fore be­ing de­ployed to Afghanistan for the sec­ond time in 2012. After this de­ploy­ment, I re­turned home and met my eight-month-old daugh­ter, and I started a life with my wife. It was very hard for me to tran­si­tion back into the real world. I was wak­ing up in the mid­dle of the night and search­ing for my weapon. I felt like I was un­der at­tack. I was al­ways on edge and very ag­gres­sive. I started to make bad choices once again, and con­se­quences soon fol­lowed.

I can hap­pily say I have been to 38 coun­sel­ing classes, and I love them. My wife has been a great help­ing hand, and loved me enough to give me and our mar­riage a sec­ond chance. The most im­por­tant part of life is fam­ily. I feel like I can do any­thing with them by my side. I will prove to the world that you can change and that you can make a dif­fer­ence. Change your mind, and it will change your life, even if noth­ing else changes. Change the peo­ple you hang out with. The out­come of your life is based on the de­ci­sions you make. We are the au­thors of our story, and only you can write the book of your life.

I cur­rently travel around speak­ing at schools, uni­ver­si­ties, troubled youth and adult group homes, youth fire­sides, and state prisons. I opened for Alex Boye and other well-known artists and mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers. I com­pose my own mu­sic and share my story through the lyrics.

Ryan had never been around a pi­ano be­fore he was adopted, and he does not read mu­sic, but he com­poses mu­sic and writes lyrics. He plays songs over and over un­til they are im­printed on his brain. His mu­sic is a pas­sion and his speak­ing a mis­sion to help oth­ers. To learn about sched­ul­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion email ryan2_stream@gmail. com or call 435-253-1868.

US Vet­eran Ryan Stream shares his in­spir­ing mu­sic and life story.

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