This is the story about a mother’s love for her soldier son, and the pain of watching him deteriorate.
In 2001, Greg was a 31-year-old single father, doing his best to raise his growing daughter. But his life, along with the lives of countless others, was changed by the tragic events of September 11. Greg was so impacted by 9/11 that he was compelled to leave everything behind, join the Army, and go to war.
By 2005, Greg returned home from Iraq but something was different. He was different.
Greg came home with an undiagnosed case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Mayo Clinic defines Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Military personnel experience the most horrifying nightmares come to life. PTSD can leave such an impact on soldiers that it can become emotionally, mentally, and physically crippling.
Thus came the isolation, depression, night terrors, and horrible flashbacks. Greg’s life spiraled out of control.
Due to his survivor’s guilt, Greg also stopped speaking to his mother, the one person who wanted to help him the most. “To this day, I miss him,” his mother says. “He suffers so much pain.”
In August 2012, Greg attempted to take his own life.
But now, there may be a life-changing solution for Greg and his family: a therapy dog.
A therapy dog would be able to interrupt Greg’s nightmares and redirect him during reactions to painful triggers. In turn, he would get his independence back. However, therapy dogs take 1,500 man hours to train, and unfortunately the fees are not covered by insurance or the VA.
Watch Greg’s powerful video below, and help us raise money so that Greg can be matched up with his very own therapy dog.
If you would like to learn more or help this family in any way, visit Greg’s GoFundMe page.
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