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Feature Friday: Sergeant Eric Morante lives with ‘No Limitations’

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Sergeant Eric Morante is the veteran that our district partnered with A Soldier’s Journey Home (ASJH) sponsored a house for this year. After surviving a bombing and losing his leg, he lives with the motto, “No Limitations,” and has a variety of talents and hobbies.

“I thought to myself, ‘what am I pitying myself for? what is my excuse?'” Morante said.

Morante began walking just three months after his leg was amputated. Doctors had told him that he would have limited mobility and be unable to do the activities he loved, like cooking, boxing, skydiving, and scuba diving. Morante didn’t let these opinions stop him.

“I focused myself on what I needed to do to get where I wanted to be,” Morante said.

He began running soon after and training to box soon after that. “The sport of boxing helped me get my confidence back, my determination,” Morante said.

After retiring from the military, Morante decided to get a degree in Culinary Arts. He had been cooking since he was young, and hopes to re-open his food truck. His his food is Latin-based with influences from different places he’s travelled.

“There’s a lot of fusion in my cooking. A lot comes from my background, I’m Mexican. Since I was able to travel to all those regions, I mix things up here and there,” Morante said.

Morante is passionate about using local foods in his cooking. “When I can avoid ordering something, I like to help out the environment, the local culture, and the local farming,” Morante said.

He believes that eating well can expand people’s life spans and that food is a key part of healthy living. “We don’t know how much time we have. By eating right, we can expand that time,” Morante said.

Morante believes that anyone can achieve their goals, like he has, by changing their thinking. “If you start saying un-positive things, you’re gonna get those results,” Morante said.

Despite setbacks, Morante was able to attain his goals. “There is no perfect life, there is just your life,” Morante said.

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