The medical diagnosis was run and Josh was declared healthy. The doctors said that he had just a few minor injuries like scratches here and there, but nothing more than that. All of his test reports were perfectly normal and he was declared to be physically fit.
But even after the test results were positive, something seemed to be wrong. “In the Army, if you don’t look like you’re injured, there must not be anything wrong,” said Josh. And he could only hope if he could explain to someone what he really felt from within.
Army Sgt. Josh Marino was one of the very few people who made it back home after the Iraq War. After serving his role and making his country proud, Josh came back to Fort Riley, an Army installation in Kansas, in May of 2008. And things started to take a turn for Josh.
After coming back from the Iraq base camp, Josh came back to Kansas and was leading a normal life but something did not feel right. Going about with his day-to-day life did not feel the same anymore and no matter how hard he was trying, it was getting impossible for Josh to lead a happy life.
Josh had suffered multiple concussions and a traumatic brain injury after he was attacked in Iraq. The doctors gave their word that he was fine after that, but not everything can be seen in one go. Josh did look fine, but he was not. He and his mental stability had been conquered by the war.
Even though Josh looked like he was perfect from the outside, he was really struggling from the inside. He had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Even though his brain did not have any visible injuries, he had been suffering from traumatic injuries on the inside.