How often do you hear about a smoke break that literally saves your life?
It’s not ALL bad news out there. Here’s a great example of that.
PTSD is tough.
The switch back to civilian life after Serving your Country doesn’t always go well. It certainly didn’t for Iraq War veteran Josh Marino.
It came to a serious tipping point.
It was raining. He grabbed a knife, and he knew what he was going to do. He had written his goodbye note. Now for one last cigarette, and then, cash in his chips.
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.
Like the little noise Marino heard in the bushes; the one that saved his life.
That’s when he met Scout. A little black-and-white stray kitten, meowing up at him from the bushes. The kitten jumped up, started rubbing up against his leg, and let Josh pet him.
That was the day his life turned around… and not just his.
Suddenly, Josh wasn’t concerned about his own problems. He looked beyond himself to Scout, and what he might do to help this little kitten. Sometimes what you need most isn’t a hand-out so much as a higher purpose.
Josh realizes the value of an animal companion for someone who is suffering from PTSD, and put out a video in support of a charity called Mutual Rescue. Mutual Rescue “is dedicated to showing how animals can help humans through tough times, as well as humans can help them”.
Josh turned it around so much, that he’s not just ‘coping’ but he’s out there helping others get their feet back under them.
That is a success story worth cheering. And sharing.
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