Melissa is a 42 year old Army veteran. She served as a medic with the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. She was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after returning from her deployment. She is also the survivor of a reported but unprosecuted MST.
In November 2003, Melissa married Tom, a soldier who has since retired from the Army with 23 years of service. Melissa was medically discharged from the Army in 2004.
Tom and Melissa reside in the Memphis area and have 4 children at home ranging from 5 to 20. Melissa attended K9s For Warriors in June 2012 and was partnered with Chauncey, her service dog. Since then, she has returned to school full time and hopes to ultimately work with wounded warriors as they navigate their way back to something that resembles ‘normal’. She has recently become an activist for the rights of Service Dog teams (especially for those with invisible disabilities) and has spoken publicly about her disability and what Chauncey has meant to her life. Melissa is now a national spokeswoman for K9s for Warrior.
Melissa is the founder of FightingPTSD and is available for public speaking engagements in the Memphis.
Jason is a Marine with PTSD and TBI.
The Life After War
Jason strives to bring the perceptions of a veteran with PTSD and TBI to our readers. While his posts may be quite raw and even vulgar at times, they are from his heart. Jason is a true Marine, he has been known to put the welfare of his friends above that of his own comfort.
Age 30-something. Mom, Marine Wife, Part-time Blogger, Full-time CRAZY life. Striving to spread awareness about the effects of PTSD/TBI on millitary families today. Offering hope they may not find elsewhere.