Our Lives With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury



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.
Jason’s Websites:
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.

Elizabeth’s Website:

Chaos and Clarity


9 responses

  1. Great site! I am a Reserve Soldier, soon to be discharged medically. I also am a TBI survivor. This site is right on addressing PTSD, TBI, and MST. Hang in there, my brothers and sisters. Life doesn’t end with trauma, PTSD, or TBI. Where there’s life, there’s hope.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:56 am

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    June 5, 2012 at 1:14 am

  3. Great blog with some great information. I begin my Transitional Leave this week after 22 years of service. Being ‘Medically Retired’ for multiple issues, the largest being severe PTSD. Once I settle in my new home, I plan on applying to K9s for Warriors to see if I can receive a Service Dog to assist me in my transition. God Bless!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    • You may want to apply soon. Their class dates are filling up!

      July 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

  4. Great Site! I would love premission to post this on my website http://www.OperationLettersfromHome.weebly.com under “Our Partner” section please

    November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    • Absolutely Dylan! Be my guest!

      January 15, 2013 at 7:37 am

  5. Rob from HHH sent me BTW

    November 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  6. Dear Friends at FightingPTSD,

    I want to take the time to thank you for your service and for bravely sharing your life experiences with PTSD/TBI. In doing this, you are letting others who are on a similar journey know they are not alone and that there is always a community to turn to in times of need.

    My name is Gaby Acosta, and I’m the community manager for MSW@USC, USC’s Masters in Social Work program. I was wondering if you would be willing to feature our Military Mental Health Resource Guide to Depression, TBI & PTSD, which aims to raise awareness around symptoms, causes and treatments of the various mental health issues that military service members and their families may face. The 0resource can be seen here: http://msw.usc.edu/military-social-work/military-mental-health-resources-depression-tbi-ptsd/

    Your community may also be interested in USC’s military social work sub-concentration. Information about the MSW@USC Military Social Work program can be seen here: http://msw.usc.edu/academic/sub-concentration/military-social-work/

    I think our resource guide would complement your website and be of great interest to your readers. I can only hope that one of them would see the information and be inspired to take the first step to either seeking treatment for themselves or dedicating their lives to helping veterans.

    If you have an further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at gabriela.acosta@usc.edu. Thank you for your time!

    In solidarity,

    June 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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