- By Eric Beach -
Last night I raged in a way I haven't raged in a long time. I thought I was going to lose control. Part of my commitment to you and to this project is to share the good and the bad in my healing from PTSD and TBI. Last night was bad.
As a man, realizing you're scaring your family is a terrible reality. I'm thankful my family knows I'm committed to healing. I'm thankful they are able to allow me the space needed to process and calm. It's what I, and many other veterans need.
I know I'm growing, because I reached out when my mind told me to isolate. I have a group of brothers gained through my experience at the "Save a Warrior" program. They have been a source of constant strength, encouragement, and support since October 2015. They were my first "Echelon".
I said in our Facebook group, I'm not doing well. Then I balled my eyes out... They called, they texted, They left voicemails, and they left me an open door. Once I poured out my emotions, I walked through that door.
Its a game changer to have a group who understands you and your struggles. Its crucial. They carried me last night and I've been there for them in the same way and that won't change. Thats the Echelon.
This morning, I reflected on the events of last night and was so happy I was able to see the heart of Project Echelon in action. We exercise, we train, we compete, but above all, we are a family. To navigate the crosswinds of life, we need an echelon of people who understand you, who have been where you are, and who need you more than you need them.
Fly with us to find purpose. Fly with us to find family. Fly with us to tell YOUR family you love them and will fight for them. Fly with us because we need you.
This morning as I wrote this, my girls wanted to be with me. I'm thankful for that. They need their daddy and they will have him.