David's Puerto Rico Adventure

This is David’s reflection on his time in Puerto Rico. David reached out to Roll Out a while back to get help with his struggles and we decided he would be a great candidate for our program. After a successful campaign to raise money for the trip David spent seven Days in Puerto Rico experiencing life on the island. This is his story and his adventures.

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My name is John, I’m a permanently disabled veteran who struggles with PTSD. I recently lost my younger brother to suicide who was also a disabled veteran suffering from PTSD. My trip to Puerto Rico was a life changing experience I don’t know if I would be here today had I never made the decision to get on that plane. The love and support I was met with from everyone at Roll Out PTSD was nothing short of amazing. This group is saving lives of those of us in dark places we can’t always explain. I would highly recommend anyone struggling to reach out.
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My name is Brian. My story begins as I was getting out of the Army after being injured in Iraq. I was prescribed pain medication and found myself addicted to them. Day after day needing the pain medication became an obsession. My life was taken over by pills. That was my singular focus for seven long years. During these years I periodically got treatment and had a few spurts of sobriety. These successes never lasted long and I found myself right back where I started. Looking back, I know these lapses were in part due to suffering from and not treating, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In the spring of 2020, as Covid began, my addiction and mental illness started spiraling more and more out of control. It got so bad that I attempted to commit suicide on April 30, 2020, and was admitted into a psych ward.
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