PTSD: A Marine's Story


Iraq combat veteran and Marine Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Workman went into some of the worst fighting in Fallujah. Nightmare stuff. Killed twenty men in a day.

He came out with the Navy Cross — and a brutal case of post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

Now, from the brink of suicide and despair, he’s fought back to tell his story — and the story of many thousands of other veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’s fighting for acknowledgement of all that they bring home. All.

This hour, On Point: A Marine hero’s story of the battle there, and here.

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Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Workman joins us from Los Angeles. An eight-year combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Fallujah in 2004 and was awarded the Navy Cross for valor. His new memoir, “Shadow of the Sword: A Marine’s Journey of War, Heroism, and Redemption,” chronicles his time in Fallujah and his subsequent struggle with PTSD.

Read Chapter One from “Shadow of the Sword.”

From San Diego we’re joined by Heidi Kraft, former clinical psychologist in the U.S. Navy.  She led a combat stress unit in Iraq and wrote the book “Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital.” She continues to treat combat trauma.

More links:

You can read Jeremiah Workman’s posts at the Huffington Post.

The Washington Post offers a list of PTSD resources.

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