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Coping with PTSD

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Many veterans and active duty soldiers suffer from PTSD when they return from a deployment. I myself went on two deployments. I went to Afghanistan and Iraq both in the early 2000's. I was an army ranger so I saw some heavy combat situations. Without going to into great detail my deployments caused me to have PTSD.

For years I didn't talk about my experiences and I struggled to handle my PTSD. As result of all of these issues I started drinking heavily. This was the only way I knew how to cope with PTSD. And let me tell you I was really good at rinking. I was so good at it that I ended up getting a DUI. I lost everything I had because of my PTSD.

I wish I could say it was an easy road getting my life back together, but it wasn't. I ended up homeless and sleeping on the streets of Jacksonville, FL. I lived at the Five Star Veterans Center, a homeless shelter for veterans. It was here that I finally realized I wasn't alone in the struggle of PTSD. I was able to open up to other guys that had been through similar situations.

Over time I have been able to start working on the issues that I have related to PTSD. I encourage any veteran that is struggling to seek help. Don't let your PTSD get the point where mine did. It almost destroyed my life.

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