Conquer the Battle Within

Conquer the Battle Within

From Cari McLean

Mental Joe is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is geared towards helping active soldiers, veterans, and their families cope with the effects of PTSD, stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of the military.

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Chad was born and raised in Billings, MT. He was always a happy-go-lucky kid who was the life of the party. Chad was raised by a single mom who worked extremely hard to make ends meet and to raise 3 responsible children. Chad wanted a different way and he heard the military was a way to pave the path to a better future. Immediately after high school, he enlisted in the Army and he joined as an 11Bravo. During basic training, Chad was offered an airborne slot and during airborne school met up with the 75th Ranger Regiment liaison. At the time Chad had no idea that he would graduate and be guided through RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program) by one of the most famous Rangers of all time, Sgt. Jeff Struecker. Chad was stationed at 2nd Ranger Battalion and the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. where he was part of the Weapons Platoon. Some of his favorite weapon systems were the Gustaf, Barret 50 Cal. and he was one of the 1st “classes” that was certified on the Javelin.

Chad came out as a changed man… just not the changed man he expected. Being put right back into civilian life like he never left and unprepared for the challenges that faced him was not what he had imagined. He looked at the world entirely different. He was no longer the happy-go-lucky kid. He was anxious, angry, and confused. He could no longer drive down the street, go to the movies, or sit in a restaurant without being on edge. He was always on high alert and “peaked out.” He sought therapy on his own but never found the right fit and it didn’t seem like anyone understood him.

It wasn’t until 20 years later that his then girlfriend, now wife introduced him to TRE (Trauma Release Exercises). Chad was extremely skeptical about it all but gave it shot. Four years after being introduced to TRE, he decided to become a certified provider to help others. He has finally found his passion and mission in life. Although TRE is a useful tool for literally everyone, his main focus is to work with active duty, veterans, and first responders.

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