A Tale of Two Brothers

November 11, 2014 2:45 PM

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Chuck served in Iraq, but the return home was his toughest fight. Loud noises startled him. He was anxious and would sit and stand with his back against the wall so he wasn't exposed. In Iraq he conducted most of his missions at night. Nighttime at home was terrible. He often woke up screaming. It got so bad he couldn't get into bed without 20 beers in him. His girlfriend left him, he lost his job, and he got kicked out of his house. One night he walked into a bar and when he woke up he was behind bars.

Chuck's brother followed him to Iraq and when he came home he fell into the same pattern. He had undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and was self medicating with drugs and alcohol to cope. Like Chuck, he quickly spiraled out of control. This is where their paths diverge.

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