Veterans Day – Captain Kyle Snook on Depression and PTSDRyan Wetter
“I’m going to give you a shot of ketamine to help with the pain,” yelled the medic as I was loaded onto the helicopter. An hour earlier, I was leading my soldiers on a mission in Afghanistan. Now I was in danger of losing my leg because of a roadside bomb. It was September 26, 2010, and my world had been turned upside down.
My name is Captain (r) Kyle Snook. I am a warrior/survivor in the battle to cure depression and PTSD. I am also the Chief Operating Officer of Ketamine Treatment Centers/Actify Neurotherapies. Each Veterans Day, I reflect on my service in the US Army. That roadside bomb changed my life forever, but due to the tremendous skill and compassion of my caregivers, my leg was saved. My mind and body, however, were just beginning a journey associated with severely traumatic events.
- Roughly 22 veterans were lost to suicide each day.
- 22 suicides a day is approximately one death every 65 minutes.
- 8,000 mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, and brothers are lost too soon every year.
- It’s ok to be open.
- It’s ok to share.
- It’s ok to ask for help.
- It’s important to keep fighting.