Brian was on duty in Iraq when his Humvee hit a landmine, causing irreparable injuries to his legs and his mental health. Suffering from severe PTSD, Brian was treated with medicine that induced a ‘zombie-like’ state. Side effects include a very deep state of depression. Living life with these drugs was a struggle for Brian, who was unable to interact with, and love, his wife, and 4 children.
Losing the ability to write his own name, Brian began crumbling. When one of the children dropped a toy, Brian would dive under the bed in fear. He admitted that he often sat alone contemplating suicide. He had no desire to play with his kids, to kiss his wife, or see anyone socially. His mental state was tearing him and his family apart.
Brian’s wife held a strenuous job, working 14-16 hour days to hold the family together. Due to economic changes, she lost her job and they were facing hardship with very limited income. Other Veterans told Brian to try SGB, Stellgate Ganglion Blocker, a series of successful shots for treating PTSD with fewer symptoms. For this Purple Heart Recipient, fighting for his life never seemed more challenging. SGB shots cost upwards of $2,000 and aren’t readily available, requiring frequent travel and lodging. Between 2 and 10 shots was all that stood in the way of a healthier, happier, productive life.
SEED was able to provide Brian with 2 SGB shots and the transportation to receive them. Showing temporary signs of improvement, Brian only needed one more shot. Finding another organization that could help, Brian received his 3rd and final injection. He has been working steadily for 5 years now and he and his wife are on their 5th child.
The number of disabled veterans has jumped by 25% since 2001, to 2.9 million. Costs to treat these veterans is rising anywhere from 10% – 30% per year, estimating the need for an additional 20 – 30 billion dollars. SEED is committed to Veterans and active-duty members, and they rely on your support to provide that care and assistance.