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Army veteran recalls time in Iraq that led to PTSD

(Source: Sean Moore) (Source: Sean Moore)
(Source: Sean Moore) (Source: Sean Moore)
(Source: Sean Moore) (Source: Sean Moore)
(Source: Sean Moore) (Source: Sean Moore)

In Iraq in 2008, Army specialist Sean Moore’s convoy was hit by an IED, leading to traumatic brain injury and radically changing his life.

The event shaped and molded his future of dealing with PTSD.

“At first it just seemed like a small nonevent. I was unconscious, the blast was large but, obviously we were ok. But the symptoms started to develop from there,” said Moore.

Sean Moore had been on a regular mission that day when everything took a turn for the worse.

“We’re moving along and all of a sudden there’s just this loud blast. I remember waking up on my back, the smell of the dirt is what sticks with me. Having my whole self-checked over but I remember feeling like, 'ok, I can feel my legs, I can feel my arms, I’m good.' That wasn’t really the case as I’d figure out down the line,” explained Moore.

Moore was told to move on, get back in the field, after only a few days of rest. Resulting in more damage being done.
“I’d like to say it got better but it got worst leading up to hospitalization, in a patient facility, and really just losing who I was, panic attacks, craziness,” said Moore.

Finally, Moore was medically discharged as a staff sergeant in 2012.

“I came home, didn’t receive a ton of treatment, nothing’s working for me, I was drinking pretty heavily, marriage was suffering, things were going down that path that you hear about so often,” described Moore.

Then his wife, Hannah, stepped in.

“She constantly was telling me that I could do better, arguing with the Army doctors, saying ‘something is wrong with him, this is what is wrong. You need to pay attention,’” said Moore.

After being diagnosed with PTSD, Sean went looking for other ways of treatment.

“I was recommended to go to this program called Mighty Oaks. it’s a faith-based, a Christian program. focuses on mind, body and spirit. For me, this was a big turnaround. They talk about post-traumatic growth,” said Moore.

Along with Mighty Oaks, Moore uses jujitsu as replacement conditioning. He also scuba dives.

“For me, it kind of simulates the war zone. That kind of focus you had before. To be able to touch that mindset and touch that feeling is therapeutic for me,” said Moore.

Eight years since the explosion, and four years since his retirement from the military, Moore feels he has overcome the main battle with PTSD.

“I would say I’m still healing. I have scans done regularly. I feel pretty good about where I’m at. My marriage is stronger than ever. I have a five-year-old, who thinks the world of me,” described Moore.

Moore has a message for those who may be struggling.

“When you isolate everything starts to spiral. You can be the worst critic and when that is the only counsel you have, you’re in trouble. Get involved with local groups.”

If you suffer from PTSD and are interested in any of the programs mentioned, click here.  

For information on Mighty Oaks Warriors. For information on Veterans Jiujitsu, you can go to the Maverick Training Center Facebook Page 

Veterans Jiu-Jitsu Facebook Page and Maverick Training.

Also, if you’re interested in veteran scuba diving, contact Southeastern Divers, Inc. by clicking here or by visiting the store off Governors Drive SW.

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