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Veteran uses life’s obstacles to connect to service members

Silver Star Families photographer Shawn Johnson battled cancer while serving in the U.S. Navy. He continues to support his fellow veterans through his professional and volunteer work.

Silver Star Families photographer Shawn Johnson battled cancer while serving in the U.S. Navy. He continues to support his fellow veterans through his professional and volunteer work.

The opportunity to leave home and embark upon a career often removed from one’s hometown is the dream of many an aspiring youth.

But for local veteran Shawn Johnson, his pursuit of a career in the military would land him face-to-face with his own mortality.

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With a father serving in the U.S. Army, Johnson was born at Fort Riley, Kan., in 1971 — on the post where his father was stationed.

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