Ep #14: Combat Veteran Chat with Andrew Saldana- PTSD, the Hard Stories, Living in Today’s Society, and Knowing YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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This episode we chat with Crab’s Army Buddy, Andrew Saldana. They talk serious talk about PTSD, what it is like, which parts of combat effected them the most, accepting that they have PTSD, learning to navigate their lives with it, relationships effected, and helping others who need it.

This was an amazing conversation and for anyone who suffers from PTSD from any situation, know you can reach out to people who understand right here! Please do! Or if you don’t have it and are a family member of someone who does, maybe this will help explain it better. We are here to help how we can.

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1:00- How Crab and Drew Met and MOUNT Training Style (Sgt. Clarke)

4:20 -Crab Getting Drew In Trouble

6:20- PTSD, “I don’t have that! It’s just the Nature of the Beast!”

8:00- Primal Instincts, 0-100 MPH Switch

10:10- “In War, You’re Dead Already”

11:45 -172nd Left Seat Right Seat Rides- Ry story

16:20- “Good Fucking Luck”- When you leave the military it’s like a bad break up

17:35- Drew’s Combat Experience #1 in a Nut Shell

21:00- Street Sweepers Pace Counting  for the Enemy

22:30- Drew’s 2nd Deployment- The Really Tough One – In Memory of Captain Doug DiCenzo

24:45- Crappy DIY Armor in the beginning of the war- Spc. Thomas Wilson

26:00 Survivor’s Guilt and Hard Stories

30:40- Sophisticated Ambush- Drew’s Story

32:30- “I could Not Even Imagine a Zombie Apocalypse”- Mo

34:00- Drew Ambush Story contd.

36:40- Stories that Stick- Crab’s Stories that Contribute to his PTSD

44:10- Seeing Your Friends Hurt Fucks with Your Head

46:10-  Crab Gets Smacked by SSG Kitts

48:20- Always on Your Mind

49:12- Leaving the Army and Partying, “I’m fine, I don’t have PTSD”- Gut Check

51:10- Survivor’s Guilt contd. How Do I Live My Life Now?

54:00 The Mask You Wear for Society & Feeling Isolated


58:55- When It’s Time to Care for Yourself- Crab’s Story

1:01:00- When Mo Learned About PTSD- Spouses Are NOT Prepared

1:02:40- Crab’s Therapist Experiences

1:11:00- Burning Actual Shit

1:13:00- Sensitivity Training for 172nd– Crab’s Story

1:16:30- Purpose, Direction, and Motivation

1:17:20- Everyone Loves a Soldier Until They Come Home

1:18:20- Marijuana Girl Scout Cookies, Harlem Shakes, & Top Ramen/Chili Cravings

1:19:50- Hardest Thing to Deal With, “Realizing I Actually Needed Help”- Drew’s Side


1:24:40- Sons of the Flag Organization- https://sonsoftheflag.org/

1:26:00- Communicating with Your Spouse

1:28:00- Shout Out to the Spouses Who Marry Soldiers After their Military Deployments/Career- Nino Gray

1:30:30- Kudos to Anne, Drew’s Wife- Fighting for Your Marriage When Getting Pushed Away

1:32:30- Not Having Training or Tools When You Come Back from Combat

1:34:00 Hyper-Vigilance

1:40:00 “No One is More Professional Than I”

1:43:00- Knock the Edge Off

1:45:00- Good Days and Bad Days

1:50:00- Drew’s Advice to Someone Who Realizes they Have PTSD or Thinks They May Have It.

1:52:00- Shitty PTSD STIGMA

1:53:50 – PTSD Never Goes Away, You Have to Work With It- Emotional Intelligence

2:03:00 -People in Society Compartmentalize Emotions, PTSD is RAW Emotion

2:08:00- You Don’t Have to Change Who You Are

2:11:00- PTSD and Situations with Law Enforcement

 2:14:00- Combat Vets Command and Control/ End The Chaos

2:15:10- Fighting for your Rights- Survival

2:17:45- Ego is the Enemy

2:19:50 – If you are struggling EMAIL Drew:  drew_1518@hotmail.com Subject: I Need Help

2:21:00- Spouses are Overlooked

2:22:00- Some people are not ready

2:24:30- 22 a Day, PTSD Stigma Contd

2:26:00- If You know someone with PTSD……………(ADVICE FROM COMBAT VETS)

2:29:00- Sweet Heart Felt Story from Crab

In Memoriam:

Doug DiCenzo US ARMY

Robert Blair US ARY

Kevin Whitte US ARMY

Dan Amaya USMC

Kurt Frosheiser US ARMY

Kirk Waymire US ARMY

Chris Swanson US ARMY

Kraig Foyteck US ARMY

Jeremy Loveless US ARMY

James Douglas Bridges US ARMY

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