In his 6 months spent in Iraq Dave saw so many horrifying things, things that would haunt him for a very long time. He was exhausted. But, he quickly found himself on a ship headed for Florida. In October 2006 a C-17 flight brought him back to Fort Campbell where he found himself welcomed by a 4-star General.
He was home.
Dave, no longer on high alert, did not fare well at Fort Campbell. He experienced nightmares, bed wetting, and cold sweats. Dave would wake up in the night, drenched in sweat. It was very hard to adjust. One night, Dave had such a vivid flashback that he ran into his living room and overturned the couch with a broomstick in his hand like it was a gun. He was terrified.
At Fort Campbell, Dave tried to commit suicide twice. The medical staff diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder. On the day of his discharge in December 2007, Dave could have been promoted to staff sergeant; but he instead decided to go home, back to Idaho.
Adjusting to life back in Idaho was brutal. He turned to anything he could get his hands on in order to self-medicate. During this time he took a job working as a guard at the Bonneville County Jail. Dave continued to try and numb the pain with numerous substances and in 2010 Dave was diagnosed with severe PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
The next several years had Dave in and out of numerous treatment programs. He found himself in a place he never thought he’d be. Who was this person? How had things come to this?
It was in October of 2017 that Dave walked through the doors at the City of Refuge Men’s Shelter in Idaho Falls Idaho. He joined the “Works Program” the end of that month and it was in one of the daily Bible Study’s that Dave gave his life back to God.
Dave is attending regular Bible studies, participating in service work, and actively looking for a part-time job while staying at the City of Refuge.
We would like to ask you to join with us in praying for the Lord’s healing, spiritual growth, and blessing for Dave in the weeks and months ahead as he works towards becoming a God-dependant member of society again!