PTSD veteran Rehabilitation

How To: Win At Life (2 min.)

For years after the Iraq war I was torn up inside. I had chronic back pain, daily migraines, constant flashbacks and night terrors every night. I was going through so much pain inside and out that I was pushing everyone in my life away, ruining relationships just to get away from everyone with their suggestions and comments. I basically turned into a hermit sitting inside my apartment for days on end forcing myself to relive every battle I went through.

It was no way to live. I found myself in the pits of depression thinking daily about ending the pain and torture forever by my own hands. It was only through the grace of God that I learned how to escape from that hell. It’s not like I don’t still struggle with it now and again. I have my days, but what I learned is so simple that anyone can do it.

I had to let go of the past in order to have a future, which is harder than it sounds when you have Combat PTSD. Staying in the moment and immersing myself in love, family, and salvation is  has changed me into a better person. It’s so simple if you really think about it. It’s what comes natural to us because that is how God built us.

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As soon as I started changing how I thought and what I should believe in, my life did a complete 180. I’m married now and happier than  I have been in 12 years. Day in and day out I immerse myself with the love of my family, I volunteer to help fellow veterans, and I  to keep God in mind when I make every decision in my life.

I still have nightmares and flashbacks, but I’m living a better life because I choose not to immerse myself in the past and things that aren’t real. I feel the best mentally now than I have since getting back from war, I feel like I’m winning at life. Now take what I have learned and make it yours, start changing now, it’s never too late.

Author of Combat Medic : A soldier's story of the Iraq war and PTSD.Served as a combat medic on the front lines in operation Iraqi freedom/ enduring freedom. Medically retired from the Army in 2006 with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, retired from the VA hospital since 2013. After struggling with PTSD and suicide for twelve years I have made it my priority to share my story with as meany people as I can to help America understand what it's like being a combat veteran back home from war. It is my hope that other veterans can relate to my life and take use the same tools as me to live a better life with PTSD.

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