Marine veteran shares story of battling PTSD and how to get help
There is a great need for mental health services for veterans. It's a demand seen across the country and just as prevalent in San Antonio.
Andrew Reidel is a Marine veteran and outreach coordinator for PTSD Foundation of America. He knows all too well about the demons that PTSD brings on.
"Just imagine coming home and being just dead, just a moving body, just existing not really living. That's how we come home," said Reidel.
He served eight years in the military with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and operations in other overseas locations.
"For me, it was the nightmares and the night sweats, real quick to get angry. Probably the worst part of it was not being able to connect with the average person when I got home," said Reidel.
Since 2011, Reidel has attempted suicide at least three times. Sadly, his story is familiar to many veterans.
"When I came home from my last deployment is whenever I realized, my life is going to be very difficult and very short," said Reidel.
Adam Gordon, an Army Veteran, now works as an Outreach Coordinator at The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors. He works with dozens of struggling veterans and families every week.
"I would say it's pretty much a constant rise. There's always going to be that need specifically here," said Gordon.
He's urging veterans who need help to come forward. The clinic provides counseling for individuals, groups, couples, children and families. You can also receive help with medication management and finding local resources. The clinic also hosts specialty workshops.
"The important thing is to know the services that are out and seek those services before you get to that crisis point," said Gordon.