Central Texas Heroes: Jason Righteous Norwood, part 2
For Jason Righteous Norwood, it wasn't enough to graduate from one of the toughest military academies in the nation.
He quickly looked for new challenges.
He said, "funny for me, the first thing I did when I got out of West Point is I went to all Army wrestling, and was trying out for the Olympic wrestling team."
Norwood headed to Fort Carson, Colorado near the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
"I was up there for about six months, trained with some of the best athletes in the nation, in the world, came back and decided I hadn't shook the competition bug, I still wanted to compete. I found mixed martial arts," he told us.
And Norwood didn't exactly ease into it, he immediately jumped into a professional contest.
The 170 pound, 5'9" welter weight, has competed in 22 fights.
Of those, 18 were wins, the most recent in September.
And he's a living example that life dosen't just hand you anything.
"Fighting is something I do before work, at lunch time and after work," he said.
And if you follow Major Norwood on social media you'll notice a very specific pattern.
"Everything I post on social media has the hashtag "fight for vets" because every time I'm in there and I'm throwing a punch, I'm trying to bring awareness to the things that are happening to the veteran community."
Major Norwood is the deputy director of the Ready and Resilient Program at Fort Hood, working to address the health and success of service members at all levels.
And he also oversees the No One Left Behind project, working with police to help veterans in crisis get the counseling they need.
He knows first hand the challenges in the military community: front and center, the veteran suicide crisis.
He said, "everybody hears the 22-a-day statistic and they wonder about what can we do to get involved. People want to help and it's an awesome experience to see the things people want to do to help. If you can't give money give time, if you can't give time give thoughts and prayers, and that's really what it comes down to."
He encourages people to get involved through the Ready and Resilient program or find other veterans organization that needs help.
"There are thousands of grass roots organizations and those are the ones to get involved with because those are the ones helping people directly," Norwood told us, "the best thing I've ever done besides having kids is help veterans."
And he reaches out the civilian community as well.
"This is me getting beat up by my first sergeant's daughter. I'm teaching them how to utilize the self defense tactics right there," he said.
He teaches self defense classes for women.
But as accomplished as this man is, he is quick to praise others for what they do to make a difference.
"I've never done anything on my own, I firmly believe that. All my victories in fighting I haven't done on my own, every vet I've ever helped I haven't done on my own."
And whether in the octagon or out he lives a life of gratitude.
Norwood said, "I would really like to take a moment and say thank you to everyone who has helped me, even smiled at me and shook my hand. That has made a difference in me for the positive and hopefully I can make a difference in somebody else's life for the positive."