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Josh Hopper, Sgt., United States Marine Corps
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Wounded Warrior Diaries: Marine Uses ‘Real Warriors’ to Help Others

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2009 – A Marine who returned home from his second deployment from Iraq knew that “something was definitely wrong” with him.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Josh Hopper

“It really didn’t start setting in on me until I was back three or four months,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Hopper, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, N.C. “It probably took me about nine months after I returned from Iraq to get help, [which] is why I ended up being a chronic case of [post-traumatic stress disorder], because I let it go too long.” <More

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From: Richard Ellsworth

As a PGW vet it's humbling to hear stories from our new generation of veterans.Even some of the most severely wounded vets aren't bitter and many have said if they could they'd willingly return and fight for the freedoms we'll often time take for granted. They truly believe in what they do will positively impact those they're there to help. Respectfully, Richard Ellsworth

Admin: Richard,
Thanks for your e-mail sent on June 16. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to post a comment to the site. I, too, am amazed by their positive attitude and their determination.

From: Janice F McClintock
Sgt. Hopper demonstrates exactly the kind of person we need in active service. I am extremely glad to know that he is serving on my behalf.

Admin: Janice,
I wanted to thank you for your comment that you posted to Wounded Warrior Diaries on June 16. I, too, am amazed by Sgt. Hopper and hope he serves as an excellent example for other servicemembers.

From: Mona
I AM THE WIFE OF A VIETNAM VET IT TOOK MY LOVED ONE OVER 30 YEARS TO SEEK HELP FOR PTSD. I HAVE MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS IN SERVICE NOW. ALL I CAN SAY IS DON'T WAIT. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN SEEKING HELP.FAMILY AND LOVED ONES BE PATIENT WITH YOUR WARRIOR WITH PROPER HELP IT DOES GET EASIER.GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. DONT WAIT SEEK HELP. YOU DESERVE IT. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE ALL OF YOU A BIG HUG AND SAY WELCOME HOME.

From:Kristy Barbier
Sgt. Hopper's Diary is an EXCELLENT summary of the effects of PTSD. I think his testimony will help others to feel that they are not alone. I have posted this link to my facebook page so that others can hear his message. Thanks so much for being willing to speak out.

Admin: Kristy,
Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your comments on Wounded Warrior Diaries.



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