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I am steven Hays an OIF combat Veteran/recovering addict-alcoholic

A network of veterans and civilians serving veterans suffering from PTSD with a behavioral treatment, substance abuse treatment, support groups for vets, and families, professional therapy service dogs, and communityoutreach.

I struggle everyday with a war in my own mind. After living 15 months expecting to not come back home.
Having combat around me every hour of everyday of every week to every month. Not being able to discern
from hostile and friendly. 2006-2008 2007 being the highest casualty rate of entire operation.
thefallen.militarytimes.com
This is my letter of conviction. I joined the Army right out of high school during war. Knowing I would go to war. I had such respect for my
father that I wanted to die in the place of a father. Saving a son or daughter from the misery of them being
gone. I made my way to the 82nd in early 2006 and in Nov 06 we were on our way. I joined as a 63B all wheel
vehicle mechanic. Hearing of all the IEDs thought that would for sure get me into the danger as much as
possible I had a death wish. When we touched down I found out we would be attached to JSOC and we would
be performing hellasault missions. That meant to me I would not be going out. After a few months I seen they
were struggling bad with the a/c units due to it being so hot and the a/c mechanic having no clue what he was
doing I went to my 1SG and made a deal I would maintain and repair all a/c with an additional 10 back ups if i
could go on mission. He said as long as there's 10 extra the night we left then yes. I busted my ass learning
them in and out and within another month i went outside the wire. That first ride on a chinook was a feeling that
can never be duplicated or explained. Its dark silent but loud gripping the pistol grip on my my thumb resting on
the safety. Then you hear, WEAPONS HOT! Cock lock ready to rock. I would go out and kick in doors with the
best, and loved it. When we would return from 4-7 days out conducting patrols and sweeps. We would come
back and all the Infantry and Cavalry guys would go shower and rest getting much needed sleep. I would go
straight to work because i would only have around 4 days to fix everything and have the 10 backups so i could
be on that bird with my brothers. I did very well one of my first missions the 1SG coming up asking can you fix
a generator. I eyes getting big then realizing why i packed a few tools. I got it running and then suceruing my
spot on his team. The mission SGT Rod took his last step on the way back we landed at a different LZ and got
on busses to go back to the tents and i was covered in blood and still in shock, there was an E5 SGT i
overheard him talking about the 88M drivers calling them no good pogs and fobbits both terms meaning soft
job. I at that point jumped up and blew my lid the first time ever loosing it like that screaming at the top of my
lungs crying just completely lost all military bearing. After the SGT apologized and said he didn't realize i wasn't
one of them. Eventually feb-14th 2008 came around and we shipped out losing 11 Falcons and making it
home. When i got home i felt different. Felt scared out of place. I felt very angry. I turned to pot to help cope
and it did help with my PTSD. a few months back and 3 of us got U/A's and they kicked the other 2 out keeping
me thanks for my 1SG going to bat for me. I turned to alcohol since it was acceptable to puke out the side of
formation as long as you didnt fall out. A year later I had a son and a wife and life was ok. Orders came down
shipping off to afghanistan. I didn't want to die overseas leaving my son without a father. Knowing the multiple
close calls to death watching men fall in front of me hearing grown badass paratroopers scream crying
remembering all the hell. I knew I wouldn't make it a second time. I wasn't leaving my son without a father . So
i turned back to the pot failing 4 U/A's they finally court martialed me. I traded my identity that day for my son. I
served overseas honorably getting no help on return. On my way out going thru mental health. That Dr told me
that i did not have PTSD and being a strong soldier I believed them. After 4 DUIs looney bin 5 rehabs and
much more i was diagnosed with severe PTSD. Knowing this helped me work on my self and be able to cope
without self medicating. Today I still struggle everyday with symptoms of PTSD losing good people in my life
because I am not the same. I am broken I am damaged and if you try to stand by my side all I can say is
everyday I heal a little more. Please understand once in my life the way i tied my boots had life or death
consequences. I will use my pain for others gain God took me on my journey to learn and understand. Through
Vets Lifting Vets Foundation. I now have the chance to help and save more than just 1 father with my life. I can
go as far as I let myself go. Thank you for reading. Subscribe and watch the journey to help others. Please donate. 3 month subscription at $5 per month will get you access to all material and a paracord braclet made by a veteran. 


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Just because we came home doesn't mean we stopped fighting. 

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When you see the size of the battle you will then understand the magnitude of the blessing. Thank you. Veteran suicide has to stop. 22 A day is not ok. 

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I am steven Hays an OIF combat Veteran/recovering addict-alcoholic

A network of veterans and civilians serving veterans suffering from PTSD with a behavioral treatment, substance abuse treatment, support groups for vets, and families, professional therapy service dogs, and communityoutreach.

I struggle everyday with a war in my own mind. After living 15 months expecting to not come back home.
Having combat around me every hour of everyday of every week to every month. Not being able to discern
from hostile and friendly. 2006-2008 2007 being the highest casualty rate of entire operation.
thefallen.militarytimes.com
This is my letter of conviction. I joined the Army right out of high school during war. Knowing I would go to war. I had such respect for my
father that I wanted to die in the place of a father. Saving a son or daughter from the misery of them being
gone. I made my way to the 82nd in early 2006 and in Nov 06 we were on our way. I joined as a 63B all wheel
vehicle mechanic. Hearing of all the IEDs thought that would for sure get me into the danger as much as
possible I had a death wish. When we touched down I found out we would be attached to JSOC and we would
be performing hellasault missions. That meant to me I would not be going out. After a few months I seen they
were struggling bad with the a/c units due to it being so hot and the a/c mechanic having no clue what he was
doing I went to my 1SG and made a deal I would maintain and repair all a/c with an additional 10 back ups if i
could go on mission. He said as long as there's 10 extra the night we left then yes. I busted my ass learning
them in and out and within another month i went outside the wire. That first ride on a chinook was a feeling that
can never be duplicated or explained. Its dark silent but loud gripping the pistol grip on my my thumb resting on
the safety. Then you hear, WEAPONS HOT! Cock lock ready to rock. I would go out and kick in doors with the
best, and loved it. When we would return from 4-7 days out conducting patrols and sweeps. We would come
back and all the Infantry and Cavalry guys would go shower and rest getting much needed sleep. I would go
straight to work because i would only have around 4 days to fix everything and have the 10 backups so i could
be on that bird with my brothers. I did very well one of my first missions the 1SG coming up asking can you fix
a generator. I eyes getting big then realizing why i packed a few tools. I got it running and then suceruing my
spot on his team. The mission SGT Rod took his last step on the way back we landed at a different LZ and got
on busses to go back to the tents and i was covered in blood and still in shock, there was an E5 SGT i
overheard him talking about the 88M drivers calling them no good pogs and fobbits both terms meaning soft
job. I at that point jumped up and blew my lid the first time ever loosing it like that screaming at the top of my
lungs crying just completely lost all military bearing. After the SGT apologized and said he didn't realize i wasn't
one of them. Eventually feb-14th 2008 came around and we shipped out losing 11 Falcons and making it
home. When i got home i felt different. Felt scared out of place. I felt very angry. I turned to pot to help cope
and it did help with my PTSD. a few months back and 3 of us got U/A's and they kicked the other 2 out keeping
me thanks for my 1SG going to bat for me. I turned to alcohol since it was acceptable to puke out the side of
formation as long as you didnt fall out. A year later I had a son and a wife and life was ok. Orders came down
shipping off to afghanistan. I didn't want to die overseas leaving my son without a father. Knowing the multiple
close calls to death watching men fall in front of me hearing grown badass paratroopers scream crying
remembering all the hell. I knew I wouldn't make it a second time. I wasn't leaving my son without a father . So
i turned back to the pot failing 4 U/A's they finally court martialed me. I traded my identity that day for my son. I
served overseas honorably getting no help on return. On my way out going thru mental health. That Dr told me
that i did not have PTSD and being a strong soldier I believed them. After 4 DUIs looney bin 5 rehabs and
much more i was diagnosed with severe PTSD. Knowing this helped me work on my self and be able to cope
without self medicating. Today I still struggle everyday with symptoms of PTSD losing good people in my life
because I am not the same. I am broken I am damaged and if you try to stand by my side all I can say is
everyday I heal a little more. Please understand once in my life the way i tied my boots had life or death
consequences. I will use my pain for others gain God took me on my journey to learn and understand. Through
Vets Lifting Vets Foundation. I now have the chance to help and save more than just 1 father with my life. I can
go as far as I let myself go. Thank you for reading. Subscribe and watch the journey to help others. Please donate. 3 month subscription at $5 per month will get you access to all material and a paracord braclet made by a veteran. 


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Tiers
Basic Access.
$1 or more per month
Follow Vets Lifting Vets and see new videos and information about PTSD and how we live and heal. See where funds are going and how you are helping. These soldiers fought our battles. Lets support them while they fight there's. 
Access Reward
$5 or more per month
See videos. Learn information on how we live and cope with PTSD. See where funds are going an how your are helping. Every 3 months get a Para cord bracelet made by a Veteran.

Just because we came home doesn't mean we stopped fighting. 

Unlimited Accsess
$20 or more per month
Videos. Learn information Living coping with PTSD. See where funds go an how your are helping. Here stories from the ones you help. Listen in during board meetings. Be one of the first to follow Fetch 22 from a pup to a fully trained service dog. Every 3 months Para cord bracelet made by a Veteran. And much more.

When you see the size of the battle you will then understand the magnitude of the blessing. Thank you. Veteran suicide has to stop. 22 A day is not ok.