PTSD veteran Rehabilitation

How To: Win At Life (2 min.)

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Life

For years after the Iraq war I felt torn up.  I deal with so much, chronic back pain, daily migraines, constant flashbacks and night terrors every night. I pushed 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.

I found myself in the pits of depression thinking about ending my life. Ending the pain and torture forever by my own hands.

It was no way to live.

God’s Grace is Life

I still struggle with pain now and then, but what I learned is so simple that anyone can do it.

Only through the grace of God I learned how to escape from that hell.

Letting go of the past in order to have a future is the hardest hurdle to jump over.

Staying in the moment and immersing myself in love, family, and salvation  has changed me into a better person. It’s simple if you really think about it. God created us so it should come natural if you try.

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The Change

As soon as I changed how I thought and what I should believe in, my life did a complete 180.

I’m married now and feeling better than I have in the 12 years since leaving the military. Day in and day out I immerse myself with the love of my family, I volunteer to help fellow veterans, and keeping God in mind when I make every decision in life is number one.

I still have nightmares and flashbacks, but I’m living a fuller life because I choose not to dwell on the past and things that aren’t real.

I’m winning at life and you can too!

Take what I have learned and make it yours, start changing now, it’s never too late.
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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.

1 comment on “How To: Win At Life (2 min.)

  1. Staying in the moment is HARD. I have been trying weekly to meditate and just be present. Baby steps right?

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