A personal war, at home

"He's my dad because he does things with me, he goes to my school, he cares about me."
Attribution/Name: 
Ashleigh Hurst
Affiliation: 
Cassie's daughter

Jared Starkel returned from Iraq four years ago, but the memories of his service there have yet to leave him.

Recurring dreams and overwhelming, painful emotions oftentimes make daily interactions a complicated, internal struggle for Jared.

Now, with a wife and four children to support, Jared is trying even harder to combat his PTSD so he can spend more time with the family he loves.

His wife, Cassie, understands as best she can what he is going through, and his three older children are beginning to grasp why daddy gets upset sometimes. His family is Jared’s biggest motivation for understanding and controlling his PTSD.

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