Real life combat is not like the movies, and even seemingly fearless war heroes can experience mental health issues.
“What the movies don’t show are the sounds, smells…how the ground would shake.” Brian Gripentrog bravely opens up about his experience with anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a marine and as a veteran.
The military can offer members stability, structure, and a worthy sense of purpose. But the stress of combat can also lead to mental health issues that need to be addressed. US Veteran, Brian Gripentrog explains the importance of confronting mental health issues: “I felt disconnected from the life I was returning to, and lost. You live with military structure and discipline for four years, and then suddenly it’s gone. I felt alone and adrift. It’s still there, you can’t erase it. At a certain point, you have to stop wrestling with it and ‘dance with it’. ”
No one is immune to mental health issues, not even marines. With the rate of suicides soaring among veterans, the mental health of our military can no longer be ignored. Now is the time to talk about the mental health of our veterans and military members. “What veterans really want is to be understood.” Former marine, Brian Gripentrog, shares the difficulty he experienced dealing with the anxiety he felt while in the military and the mental health issues he’s experienced since. Now he offers hope and resources to others facing similar mental health issues.