In one split second decision my life was ripped from me.
I am a veteran who served 10 years. I served Honorably in Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as a short time in Kuwait. I was primarily a MEDEVAC Crew Chief on a Blackhawk helicopter.
I'm a young professional who started at an entry level position and climbed the corporate ladder to eventually become an Assistant Vice President in process engineering for a fortune 50 company as well as an aspiring entrepreneur.
On the surface everything looks great, right? But I've been in a constant battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among other service connected health issues.
My life came crashing down when I let my frustration with myself get the best of me. I punched a headboard as my fiance was headed out the door. I was upset with myself that I let her down. It was in no way directed toward her.
I was served an Order of Protection the next day keeping me from seeing her or my 16 month old son.
The day of the hearing came, but I didn't have the funds to hire an attorney. I thought that if I just went in there and told the truth everything would be fine. I didn't intend to scare anyone. In fact in retrospect I wasn't mad at all...I was frustrated with myself.
I was completely wrong. Almost every single PTSD symptom I had ever confided in her was brought up. Medications, feelings, treatments, etc.
My service connected PTSD symptoms were incessantly used against me to paint an unfavorable picture against me.
I am a prideful person and I'm ashamed to even do this but I am desperate. I tried to sell my house, I'm trying to rent out rooms, I've sold as many niceties as I could, all my TV's and Ice fishing equipment. Anything.
Almost our entire house was emptied and placed into storage I don't have access to. My friends and family have graciously offered up many of the essentials.
Please help me with the legal cost of an attorney to help me re-plead my case. I don't deserve to have a "Final Domestic Abuse Protective order" on my record and
I am only allowed to see my 16 month old son once per week on a Thursday for 8 hours.
THIS IS NOT HOW WE SHOULD BE TREATING VETERANS OR PEOPLE WHO SEEK HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH.
Anything helps, a share, a comment, a like, a donation, a comment about my character as a person who would never abuse someone, anything.
I promise that when I get my feet back underneath me I will pay it forward tenfold to someone else who deserves it and I'll never forget your generosity. Will you please help me fight the stigma of PTSD and mental health by helping me hire a legal team that can help me?