(WIS) - National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day is June 27 and one Midlands veteran says he's now able to better cope with the stress from his time of service thanks to the Big Red Barn Retreat in Blythewood.
It's a nonprofit organization, established for the sole purpose of helping our military in need of healing find peace.
Daniel Stover served in the Marine Corps for four years and was part of one of the first groups to invade Iraq. After returning home in 2004, Stover says he didn't even realize the changes in his behavior were related to PTSD.
"There's a lot of misconception that if I go get help, then I'm weak and really it takes more strength and awareness to open up and say, 'hey, I got a problem and I need to get help,'" Stover said. "That isolation is pretty deep. I isolated myself for 12 years and tried to deal with it on my own and thankfully, I found this place.
The Big Red Barn Retreat offers our military veterans various ways of healing through yoga, art, gardening and horse therapy. For more on their services, click here.