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Chris “Mic” Mickelsen is a married father of two with a full-time job. Yet he dedicates a large amount of his free time to veterans and their families. Mic is a member of the Recon & Sniper Foundation (RSF) shooting team. They compete in long-range precision rifle competitions, but their purpose is far greater.

The RSF raises money and helps the families of reconnaissance Marines and snipers who have been killed in action. They also reach out to veterans and invite them to come shoot with the team to build and strengthen connections and camaraderie with their fellow veterans. The foundation’s website states: “The Recon & Sniper Foundation provides veterans with the resources and supporting infrastructure they need to make a meaningful transition back to civilian life.”

Mic was a Navy corpsman—a medic—attached to Marine recon/snipers in the first Gulf War. Now 50, he’s been shooting for a long time and his left shoulder has taken a beating. “It got to the point that I couldn’t sleep with the pain,” he says.

He finally saw Dr. Jared Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon with St. Luke’s. “I heard about him from mutual friends and found out he’s a shoulder guy. I had surgery in December 2018.”

Dr. Johnson performed a procedure that repaired Mic’s “SLAP tear” injury. It’s an injury to the labrum of the shoulder, which is the ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint. The term SLAP stands for “superior labrum anterior and posterior.” 

“Dr. Johnson answered every question and explained everything clearly. You can tell he really has a passion for what he does and wants to be the best,” Mic says. “The staff at the Meridian clinic is great, the OR staff was incredible, and they were all super accommodating. A little over six months out, I’m back at 100%, no problems or issues with that shoulder at all.”

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