In a house outside of Kalamazoo in the small country town of Comstock, a 35-year-old man with scruffy facial hair turns over on his bed and annoyingly smashes his alarm buzzing before the crack of dawn. He groans and pulls himself out of his comfort, knowing very well that was the hardest part of his day. “I hate waking up every single morning,” he says.

Dragging his feet across the floor of the home he bought on foreclosure and has been repairing, Dustin Diamond pours his first of many cups of coffee. He slips on his day clothes and commutes to the oldest building at Western Michigan University.

Diamond is usually the first employee to arrive in North Hall and he remains on high alert as others in the building start trickling in for their 9-to-5 day. He begins his work by ensuring every toilet is clean, every trash is empty, and then smooths the way for events of the day. If the husband and father even thinks about sitting down for 5 seconds, he won’t be able to focus on his work responsibilities due to his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

At 17, Diamond entered the Marine Corps and was trained in Ukraine and fought in Iraq. He returned in 2006 and finished his service in the U.S. in 2008.

Coworkers at Heritage Hall say when they see him, he is always moving – adjusting furniture, wiping down a window, vacuuming the patterned carpets, etc….

Those who don’t know of his military background and PTSD diagnosis may be intimidated by an initial encounter with Diamond. But once he decides he wants to open up, he is straightforwardly honest and speaks his mind about anything.

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