Eric Engberg interviews retired U.S. Army Sergeant Michael Carson about his terrifying combat experiences in Iraq and the effects that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has had on his life. Through the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope, he and other combat veterans are finally on a journey to heal from PTSD. Learn more in the Timestamps, below.
9:20 – Camp Echo comes under attack by an Iraqi suicide bomber; Michael witnesses his first death in combat.
18:51 – Eric reads a quote from a combat soldier who describes the fear of death he faced while stationed at Camp Echo.
22:14 – Michael shares how the symptoms of PTSD manifested in his daily life after returning home from Iraq; Michael’s friend and comrade, Griego, takes his own life.
40:33 – Michael accepts a NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. He fights for his life when the mission turns hostile.
01:05:24 – Michael gets a call with devastating news that another friend and comrade has taken his own life.
1:12:25 – To escape the pain, Michael attempts suicide.
01:19:14 – Michael goes to the VA Hospital and is admitted into a substance abuse program. In treatment, Michael is introduced to the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope.
01:23:58 – How discussing combat trauma with veterans in “Warrior Group” has helped Michael begin to heal from PTSD.
01:27:05 – Michael’s new role with Camp Hope and his message of hope for those dealing with PTSD
Michael is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant and combat veteran. Michael served honorably for over 19 years. As a result of the trauma he experienced in combat, Michael now suffers from PTSD. In an attempt to self-medicate, Michael became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and, at his lowest point, attempted suicide. By the grace of God, Michael has been able to finally experience healing through The PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope, and now plays a critical role in helping other combat veterans with PTSD through his leadership of weekly “Warrior Group” meetings.
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