A survivor of military sexual trauma, (MST), Yvonne Grissett struggled with feelings of shame and worthlessness. PTSD treatment helped her recover her self-esteem, and may have saved her life.
US Army 1982 – 1986
The pot of gold
When Rogelio "Roger" Rodriguez came home with PTSD, his family’s dreams were shattered. Roger, his family, and his therapist tell the story of how PTSD treatment got him back on track and made their family stronger.
Rogelio "Roger" Rodriguez, Jr.
US Air Force, US Navy 1987 – 2013
It’s totally freeing
Years of flashbacks sent Dave Hanson to the edge. Dave, his family, and his therapist explain how Prolonged Exposure therapy brought him back to a full and happy life.
US Air Force 1967 – 1971
The bloodiest battle
As a combat photographer, Stacy Pearsall sees the unspeakable, over and over. Rather than lose what she values most, she turns to treatment.
Stacy L. Pearsall
US Air Force 1998 – 2008
I meant to protect her
Arthur Jefferson witnesses his friend’s murder in the barracks. He tries to hide his pain from his only child. But that only drives them apart.
US Army 1978 – 1998
After serving in the Army, MMA fighter Joe Duarte, finds his world spinning out of control. Now he finds peace at home and in the ring.
US Army 2002 – 2006
My shame was being alive
Laurent Taillefer loses his best friend in Iraq. Back home, he pushes everyone away, until he's alone.
Laurent G. Taillefer
US Army 2003 – 2006
I didn't know where to go
When Jerry Boggess came home from Vietnam he knew he had changed. He had nightmares, angry outbursts, and he didn’t trust anyone. It took him 48 years to ask help.
US Army 1962 – 1986
I cannot be this person
Finding it hard to be home alone or feel comfortable in public places, Laura Hendrixon is determined to get better for her family and her career.
US Marine Corps 2003 – 2007
I basically froze
On a 36-hour mission, Reedy Hopkins' convoy is ambushed. One split second gets stuck in his memory for years. Prolonged Exposure Therapy helps Reedy enjoy life again.
US Air Force 1983 – 2011
I made it
Rich Adams is assaulted while in the Navy and retreats into a life of shame and anger. Treatment, he says, made him "a good human being."
US Navy 1971 – 1972
I was hit by eight IEDs
Josh Hansen, an "IED Hunter", recovers from a traumatic brain injury only to be hit with PTSD. Treatment helps him reclaim his life.
US Army 2005 – 2007
My job kept me going
Health issues forced Steve Aoyagi to retire at the age of 50. That's when his PTSD became a problem for him.
US Air Force 1968 – 1975
It works if you work it
Ace Carter loses his job and goes through a rough time. The only thing that comes between him and "doing something really stupid," is PTSD treatment.