The Pathway to Wellness

The diagnosis brings new challenges as Joe works to navigate two different pathways to care — one for PTSD and one for TBI.

He lacks confidence in the system and its ability to treat him.

Plus, the nearest VA medical center is three hours away, taking too much time from school.

Joe’s wife finds a local nonprofit, Augusta Warrior Project, which connects him to private care practitioners in his own community.

Although skeptical that a civilian doctor will understand him, Joe is connected to therapists, medical doctors, and counselors trained in military cultural competency and treatment for PTSD and TBI. The nonprofit also connects Joe to equine therapy and a service dog.

With the support of his community, continued treatment, and regular participation in activities, Joe finishes his degree in finance and begins a veteran apprentice program at a large national bank.

Joe also starts working with Charlotte Bridge Home, which connects vets with others who have invisible wounds and encourages them to participate in sports and other recreational activities.