Summiting one of the world’s toughest peaks gave Julian Torres something an IED blast in Afghanistan had taken away.
An ex-SEAL turns to “ocean therapy” to cope with chronic pain and PTSD.Previously: The Longform Guide to Surfing
Troubles and afflictions weigh on counselors and veterans.
"The Fort was actually just an ugly house. Eighteen rooms, two stories. A kitchen, a lavatory, a staircase. One office, one entrance, two exits, thirty-six bunks, four televisions, the mini-library, two footballs, one fútbol, a basketball, and the whole of Big Ben, the biggest backyard in Texas. It housed between twenty-one and thirty-two bodies a year. Most of them stayed a couple months. They found us through each other."
A support group for trans veterans meets in New Orleans, linked to the only VA that is known to treat them with respect.
From equipment that doesn’t fit to an ill-equipped VA medical system.
An Iraq War veteran, now a paramedic, runs into trouble.
"I rewarded the man with another hit of naloxone, which made him even more alive, even less happy. Karen was busy with the gear, and I thought for sure that the coast was clear. It wasn’t. As soon as I put the note in my pocket, I saw the boy. He stood in the doorway, watching me with a basically impassive expression. He chewed his gum. He blew a splendid bubble."
“Suddenly, he had to ask for help with buttons, zippers and shoelaces. And he loathes asking for help.”