USAF, SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT/RETIRED
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your help over the last year. As a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force, I considered myself capable of handling the gravest of situations. I was sadly mistaken. Events of the past several years had put my life and that of my family in a state of despair and confusion. My eldest son was battling with substance abuse and suicidal thoughts as a result of childhood and military trauma. Deployed to Afghanistan as an Air Force emergency room medic, he experienced the very worst sights and sounds war has to offer…from child burn victims to soldiers screaming for their mothers. I spent several nights during this time trying to convince him suicide was not the answer and he was worthy of living…I was running out of answers. Another son, although never deployed, suffered from childhood and service related distress as well. While serving in the AF, he was recruited by military law enforcement to work undercover. The pressure, danger and nature of this work led to substance abuse and a subsequent discharge. Finally, there was me. A recent divorce and retirement from the military left me at a crossroads not knowing which way to continue my life.
Fortunately, with the love of my first wife, I found a renewed faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This in turn led me to Texas and your outstanding organization. Now living in the Houston area, I was introduced to the PTSD foundation through our pastor, David Maulsby. In the time since, both of my sons moved to Houston for the help offered by your group. The elder son had a job, first time in three years, and started attending counseling with other vets within the first week. He’s the happiest I have seen him in years. The second son is taking college classes and also attends the weekly group meetings. Both have found the camaraderie only other sufferers can provide and, thank the Good Lord, remain drug free. My new wife (first wife, another blessing from God) and I attend the spouse/family meetings.
Through these, we are able to keep ourselves healthy as well as become better equipped to help them. If not for God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the PTSD Foundation of America, I firmly believe our family would not be on this amazing path to recovery. Again, I thank everyone in your organization for their love and commitment to our military veterans and their families.
“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.” (Exodus 15:2-3)
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