Between 10 and 20 percent of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of these people experience the disorder following combat. The stress, anxiety, and depression they must cope with can sometimes be debilitating.
Yet hope is not lost. Many vets find ways to battle PTSD and move forward with their lives. Some even end up helping others fight through the pain they experience after returning from combat.
A Major In Iraq Runs To Clear His Mind
Major Gediminas Grinius served in Iraq under the NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania. When he went back home, he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. He overcame it with running and training. He explains in a video on Instagram under the handle @NATO: “Running, it helps your brain to relax. Post-traumatic stress disorder, for me it means loneliness. It means fear, confusion. Surrounded by threat all the time. In the head there are a lot of things going on, and it feels like the head can explode.The running just cleans it out.” After about two years of running, Grinius overcame his PTSD.