My story… While deployed to Pakistan, I was tasked to aid in an explosion that occurred at a school. When I arrived, there were children strewn everywhere, to this day I can still see the blood and hear the screaming children. While deployed to another location, I was taken advantage of and raped by a fellow service member. I have spent many years trying to suppress these memories and bury them, but after many years it caught up with me.
Once it finally caught up with me, I found myself in a very dark place. It was to the point where I had a short fuse and would snap at my family. I had exhausted all patience my spouse had, she pushed me to reach out for help.
After reaching out, I was assigned to a therapist, who I then lost confidence in after a short period of time. Doctors also prescribed medication to help, which it did a little. After a couple months, I found myself falling into a dark place again. Determined to better myself for my family, I found Patriot Pups & Ponies on the internet. The therapy I have received from the horses and dogs has allowed me to start on the journey to coping with the past.
KP, Air Force Veteran