Veteran and Family Open Up About Their Struggle Dealing With PTSD
Spc. Gabriel Texidor served in the U.S. Army for five years and was injured by a roadside bomb while deployed in Iraq.
While he suffered physical injuries, Texidor has found that his posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been even more difficult to overcome.
Diana Falzone spoke to the father of four about re-acclimating to civilian life and how his PTSD has affected his family.
Texidor revealed that his service dog, Rocky, helps him deal with his PTSD, which has left him with a sensitivity to loud noises and a reluctance to leave his home.
An activity that helps Texidor deal with his issues is taking his son to martial arts class, which is paid for by a grant from the non-profit organization Our Military Kids.
"Being there in the karate class with him, it makes me feel like I'm closer to him," Texidor said. "It's a good feeling."
As for what he wants people to take away from his story, Texidor said, "Don't judge a book by its cover."
He explained that it's important for people to be sympathetic to the issues - internal and external - many veterans are dealing with.
"Even if you just stop to say 'thank you' or say 'hi' to anybody with a military hat on ... they'll feel good about it," Texidor said. "They'll be grateful for it."
Watch the emotional interview above.