This is a story about friendship, hope, and the power of community.

Stephen Simmons is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war. Stephen became homeless in 2012, and used a camera phone to document his life in the wilderness of Southern Oregon with his two animal companions - a dog named Puppi and a cat named Burma. From 2012-2013, he took thousands of images, and chose his favorites for publication in his first book, The Adventures of Puppi & Burma. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, hundreds of photo books have been published and shipped to animal lovers worldwide.

Stephen cared for Puppi & Burma even when he didn't feel like caring for himself, and together they have become a family - adventuring through the wilderness. 

Today, Stephen is a motivational speaker who emphasizes the role of Adventure Therapy in healing from trauma.