Staff Sergeant Erick Millette spoke to a crowd of people about overcoming PTSD and erasing the stigma attached to mental illness at Embrace Life Day in Winston-Salem. Millette shared his story of surviving nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) being knocked unconscious six times. In addition, during his time in the army, he suffered head trauma, a left knee injury, and lower back injuries. Despite these various injuries, the post-traumatic stress disorder has been the hardest for him to overcome. In an interview, Millette says he reached rock bottom about a year ago—he was severely depressed, considered suicide, and had turned to alcohol to cope with the feeling of isolation. Millette turned to The Wounded Warrior Project for help, crediting this program with saving his life. Millette hopes that by sharing his story it will encourage others dealing with mental illness to seek help.
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