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Highly decorated combat veteran Tom Satterly, whose real-life experience was captured in the 2001 film Black Hawk Dawn, has started a foundation with the help of his wife Jen to help the many American veterans suffering from PTSD.
After leading hundreds of missions —receiving 5 Bronze Stars —Satterly suffers from PTSD, himself. Satterly and his wife Jen spoke with Fox News digital about their incredible efforts assisting America’s veterans through their non-profit All Secure Foundation.
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“If there was anyone in my life at that time who could have pulled me back from the brink, it was Jen,” wrote Tom Satterly.
“I was drowning and while part of me wanted to let go and end the suffering, another part of me reached for the lifetime she tossed.”
Satterly believes his complex PTSD began back in Mogadishu, Somalia, when he unexpectedly became part of a rescue mission after two U.S. helicopters were shot down by rebels. “That ended up being the longest sustained firefight since the Vietnam War,” he told Fox News Digital.
He said, “Everything changed. Everything changed … We went on foot to the crash site … And that’s when they pinned us … That feeling of being trapped, and you just want to go home, like — I just want this to be over.”
“That’s when you realize that this is real combat,” Tom Satterly said. “You can’t go home … They want you dead, right there. If you can imagine thousands of people who want you dead … It’s just the most horrifying thing you’ve ever been through.”
Today, through a gritty determination and an unwavering focus on moving forward together, Tom and Jen Satterly are tossing out lifelines to scores of other American vets and their spouses, children and other family members through All Secure Foundation (allsecurefoundation.org).
Said Tom Satterly, “We try to tell the veterans now who are struggling, ‘The length of time you wait to get help is how long you’ll suffer.’ We’ve talked to people who fought at the Battle of the Bulge — they’ve suffered all this time. Their grandkids say, ‘He’s never talked about what he went through.’”
He added, “We want to break this stigma and get people the help they need, no matter what they’ve gone through.”
Jen Satterly told Fox News Digital, “We explain to people that PTSD is an injury — and the injury won’t heal on its own. It doesn’t go away on its own. Rather, the longer you wait to get help, the worse it gets with time.”
She added, “You might have an active-duty member who is already showing the signs and symptoms of PTS because it happens at the moment of the trauma, not after. It is a completely false narrative that, ‘Oh, I’ll get it when I get out’ or ‘It’ll hit me when I get out.’ No. It is tearing apart our active duty [military] today,” she emphasized.
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