Story: Combat Trauma Small Groups in Arizona
One day, a friend of mine from church came to me and said that his son was having some problems with PTSD. He’d never been in the military and really didn’t know what was going on with PTSD, but he’d heard that I had PTSD, so he was seeking a little help. He had this book called “The Combat Trauma Healing Manual,” and he wanted to know if I felt that that would be helpful. So I look at this book and I’m like, “Yeah, great. Thanks, Jeff.”
About a month later, I just had an overwhelming feeling to call Jeff. I was still having every problem in the book with my unresolved combat trauma. We go out to lunch the next day and talked. During that short lunch, I received more help than all the help I’d received before from all the other counseling, everything I’d been through. And I begged Jeff to take me through this book, to go through it with me. Again, Jeff had never had any experience in working with the military except for his son’s service. He personally didn’t know very much about it. So he agreed to do so. (note: Jeff asked one of the local Cru Military staff members to do this instead, but our staff member said, “No. You can do it yourself.”)
Well, about thirty minutes into our first meeting, I’m saying, “Hey, I know somebody this can help. Can he come the next time?” And Jeff said, “Yeah, sure.”
Next week we have two of us, the next week we have four, the next week we have eight, and it just kept going on and on and on. And more and more groups were growing. Jeff was helping me do all these things. We got some contacts with Cru Military and went through prayer meetings and I found even more people that were interested in helping the military, reaching out to helping those suffering from PTSD. Now we have groups all over Arizona that are meeting weekly and getting the healing that they needed from this process. We have an internet radio show. It’s just going out and doing stuff and letting the Holy Spirit guide you. God’ll put people in front of you. Get ahold of them and if you pray on it, you can make it happen.
—Scott Clark served as an Army helicopter pilot and was medically retired after suffering severe injury in Afghanistan. Excerpted from E-Kit Video Seminar.