June 12, 2014

“In observance of PTSD Awareness Month: June 2014, VA’s National Center for PTSD, presents the following profile of a Veteran who is living with PTSD and turning his life around with treatment.” This film, My Meditation, by Ed Kashi (VII) is featured on the Veterans’ Affairs VAntage blog and highlights Army veteran, Joe Duarte’s inspiring story of overcoming PTSD.

Joe Duarte has found his tranquility in MMA fighting. “When I’m in the ring, I’m in complete control of my life,” he said. “It’s when I’m at my peace. It’s my sanctuary. Fighting is my meditation.”

He continues to make strides and progress in dealing with PTSD, and improving his life. To learn more about Duarte’s journey and to find resources for coping with PTSD, visit the VA’s blog.

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