Specialist William B. Allen is a U.S. Army medic who served two rounds of tour accompanying the war in Iraq. He spent 27 months there. He had just completed a three-week treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Reset Warrior Combat Stress Center in Fort Hood, the largest U.S. military base in the world.
"Being a medical troops on the battlefield, we must 'live' for 24 hours a day. We handle mass casualty events, or a female suicide bomber who blew up the hospital three times in a row. We are your peoples respond to it. I 'explode' a few times in my life.
"When you go back to America you will continue to be someone who is hyper. Insomnia will come up to you every four months. I was really mad.
"I started drinking alcohol, using drugs, even thought about suicide. I am tired of keep having nightmares, I want to see my friends who have died.
"I've been in drug rehabilitation center for a month. I am consulting with psychologists. At that time, the cure only to 'take this pill.' "
"Then they put me in this program. They told me I would undergo of reiki, massage, yoga, acupuncture, and the first thought in my mind, I will undergo treatment or mystical voodoo.
"When I was in this condition, I am really angry over everything. It all makes me annoyed and angry. I was really scared.
"But then, I became an open mind, because I'm sure, I'll do something the best. Within days of complementary alternative therapies, I feel it. I became realistic.
"I can sleep better now. Last week, I slept all night without sedation, using breathing techniques, relaxation techniques.
"The hard part for me is to return to the battlefield. Back as a medical officer and deal with bullets, amputation, death is horrible ... I'm not sure that I really want to do it.
"But I can help with other aspects, counseling, or care. There are many souls that need to be cured. Everything must be taken into account, and at this moment I do not mind spreading the aspects like that.
"The unfortunate thing is there is no counseling facilities are inadequate. There are 12 soldiers at a time, where there could be 1200 soldiers who may need counseling and treatment.
"Everyone is affected. I have never found a single person who is not affected. Finally, no matter who you are, war will always affect you. War will change your life. "(Sa / bbc)