Rwandan veteran John Enchong served in the Army for 21 years. By 2001 he had broken his back and ‘broken his mind’. John was identified as having PTSD and medically discharged on TPI (totally and permanently incapacitated). John speaks about his struggles with PTSD symptoms & his failed attempts at suicide. John attended a PTSD course at Toowong Private Hospital.
His wife, Naomi, discovered a poem one day that he was writing,it brought tears to her eyes, sad, emotional & beautiful Story.
Richard was identified as having PTSD almost 25 years after discharging from the RAAF. Richard feels his issues stemmed from his treatment after coming home and the lack of support rather than his job in the RAAF.During a parade in 1998, Richard was screaming internally & wanted to escape.
In 2014, Karen McLaren & Richard renewed their wedding vows creating a positive memory of the place. Together they have learnt how to manage the symptoms of PTSD a beautiful story of love & commitment.
Afghanistan Vteran Anthony Jones struggled with the loss of his burgeoning military career & symptoms of PTSD. He discovered a veteran support group, Young Diggers and the Dog Squad program.
The ‘Dogs for Diggers’ program is run thru Bathurst Correctional Centre where dogs are trained by professional dog trainers & selected inmates for a 6 month period & handed over to veterans with PTSD. Anthony’s story is one of hope a positive story that shows the true meaning of "dog being man’s best friend’.