Veteran reflects on challenges of PTSD - KLFY News 10

Veteran reflects on challenges of PTSD

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Following the recent massive shooting at Fort Hood, we placed a focus on one local veteran who is living his day to day life with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. "It took quite a while for me to get where I am," said Phillip Ruddock, a Desert Storm Veteran.

Ruddock said he's getting through PTSD, but still suffers from tough days. "I still have episodes where I go into deep depression, I have anxiety attacks. I just have really bad days that turn into weeks," said Ruddock. Ruddock, also founder of Brothers and Sisters In Arms Training, explains he believes service dogs are a stepping stone for active duty military and veterans living with the disorder and says he's finally at the point where he's able to go out in public without a service dog.

"You see them go from a depressed individual that's very withdrawn and quiet to somebody that wants to tell you what his dog did yesterday and is smiling. You know that's when you've hit something right," said Ruddock. When speaking to Ruddock about the shooting at Fort Hood, he explained what emotions are probably being felt on the army base after this traumatic event. "I know there's probably a whole base full of people that don't feel safe right now, there's a whole base full of soldiers that came back that were hoping to come home to a safe environment," said Ruddock.

He also said that he could only imagine soldiers on the base are now getting up every hour of the night, checking doors and windows; and walking the perimeters to make sure they and their families are safe.

For more information on trained service dogs for active duty military and veterans living with PTSD or TBI, you can visit brotherandsisterptsddogs.org.

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