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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
55:30- YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
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
1:23: 45 – DO NOT BE AFRAID TO REACH OUT…ANYONE
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
1:40:00 “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: email@example.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
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