Wounded Warrior Project – Harold “Butch” Freeman

Wounded Warrior Project Harold “Butch” Freeman

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During his deployment to Iraq in 2004, Harold “Butch” Freeman was severely wounded by a suicide bomber. “I was in the chow hall, and I was standing there getting silverware. Next thing I know, I see a fireball. The guy in front of me was killed. The kid behind me was killed. When I woke up, I was amongst four people dead,” he recalls. His femur was shattered, and he had to learn to walk again using crutches. “That was minor compared to when I found myself lying next to a guy with both legs gone. I didn’t feel worthy,” Butch recalls.

While the shattered femur caused obvious pain, Butch had to endure symptoms like severe headaches, loss of memory, speech issues, and fits of rage for a long time before he was finally diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Butch came to know about Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) through his counselor at the Veterans Center, and participated in WWP’s Project Odyssey™, an outdoor rehabilitative retreat to help warriors deal with combat stress. “It was really good,” Butch remembers. “I didn’t want to go initially. But my wife made me. And I’m glad I did. It’s hard to explain what it did for me-it made me feel I wasn’t alone.”

Today, Butch faces the daily challenges of the mental and physical after-effects of war as he strives to live a normal life. “I get so frustrated when I miss my words. I know what I want to say, but I just can’t say or write it, and I haven’t read a book since I came home,” he confides. But he adds that he’s lucky to have his wife, who has stood by him through the darkest hours.

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