As a member of the National Guard, I was deployed to Iraq and am proud to have served my country. In September of 2005, I was injured in South Baghdad when an IED exploded and flipped over my tank. We lost two soldiers that day and I'll never forget it.
I was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coming back home and being around my loved ones and my family and friends allowed me to heal a lot quicker than if I had been on my own. Had this program been available during the initial stages of my injury, it would have helped me deal with the nightmares I faced over and over again of seeing my friends die right in front of me.
I believe the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program can help other troops who need someone to talk to. This a great opportunity for us, for our recovery and our transition back to everyday life.