Meet Chris! Chris Johnson, SGT, US Army, entered the US Army in 1999 and received training as an artillery forward observer and as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist. He served in Afghanistan in 2003-2004 and completed 2 tours in Iraq: 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. SGT Johnson voluntarily left the Army in August 2009, after completion of his service term. He sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
When Chris came home he struggled to readjust to civilian life. He was unable to find work, and he felt that he did not need help to address his injuries. However, Chris and his wife Amber found Warrior Salute. Chris liked that he was involved in his own treatment planning. He attended physical and aquatic therapy, relaxation therapy and exposure therapy, as well as received vocational training. “I’m so much better off now,” says Chris. “I have learned how to handle my emotions, temper, and how to be a better man for my family.”
Today, Chris is living a happy, productive life in the community with his wife Amber. Since graduating from the program in February 2011, Chris Johnson was employed full-time for a year, until deciding to re-enroll as a full-time student at MCC, in hopes of earning a business degree. Chris now returns to Warrior Salute to volunteer his time - giving back to the organization that changed his life for the better.
“I’m glad that I was able to make myself better through this program, and I hope that I can pass on something to the next people coming through,” he says.