Injured Veteran

  • Season 1 , Ep 1
  • 06/14/2011
  • Views: 12,774

Jon interviews a soldier who returned from the military with a life-altering injury. (2:31)

WITH IMAGES OF WAROVER THE LAST FEW DECADES

BY THE NEWS MEDIA,

IT'S STILL ALMOST IMPOSSIBLETO COMMUNICATE THE HORRORS

OF ACTUALLY BEING THERE.

MANY SOLDIERS RETURNWITH LIFE-ALTERING INJURIES.

PRIVATE NATHAN GLASERIS ONE SUCH SOLDIER

WHOSE LIFEHAS BEEN CHANGED FOREVER

BY HIS MILITARY SERVICE.

SO THANK YOUFOR BEING HERE, NATHAN.

I APPRECIATE IT.UM...

WHAT WAS IT LIKEOVER THERE?

- [whispering]I FEARED FOR MY LIFE

EVERY SECOND.

AND IT'S REALLYTHE STRANGEST FEELING,

BECAUSE THERE'SNEVER A MOMENT

WHEN YOU'RE NOTCONSTANTLY ON GUARD.

- SO TELL USABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC INJURY.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

- WELL, IT ACTUALLY STARTED

BEFORE I WAS DEPLOYEDTO AFGHANISTAN.

THE DOCTORS THINK IT STARTEDIN BASIC TRAINING.

- I'M SORRY.I DON'T UNDERSTAND...

I'M SAYING, WERE YOUIN A FIREFIGHT OR...

- NO, I NEVER WAS DEPLOYED.I NEVER MADE IT TO AFGHANISTAN.

I WAS NOT IN THE WAR.

- YOU DIDN'T GOTO AFGHANISTAN?

- NO.

- SO YOU DID NOT SUSTAINYOUR INJURY DURING AN ATTACK?

- NO, IT WASFROM SCREAMING.

- YOU LOST YOUR VOICEFROM SCREAMING?

- I'D BEEN GETTING READY FOR BEDAND BRUSHING MY TEETH,

AND JUST THINKING ABOUTGOING TO WAR,

AND I WOULD START SCREAMINGFROM BEING SO SCARED.

[screaming]

- SO YOU WERE SCAREDOF THE IDEA OF WAR.

- THAT'S CORRECT.- AND THAT'S HOW...

- IT'S THE SCARIEST THINGYOU COULD EVER IMAGINE.

- HOW HAS IT BEENSINCE YOU'VE BEEN BACK

FROM BASIC TRAINING?

- IT WAS VERY DIFFICULTAT FIRST,

YOU KNOW, LIVING WITH MY--WITH MY INJURY.

YOU KNOW, IT TOOK ITS TOLLON MY RELATIONSHIP

AND MY JOB.

MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKETWO PILLS A DAY.

CAN BE AT EACH MEAL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO EAT BEFORE,BUT JUST AROUND MEAL TIME.

- SORRY?

- FINISH OUTTHE PRESCRIPTION, OKAY?

- I'M SO SORRY.I DIDN'T CATCH THAT PART.

- [sighs]

- HAS THE MILITARYOR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

BEEN SUPPORTIVEOF YOUR CONDITION?

- NO, I'M GETTING NO SUPPORTFROM EITHER OF THEM.

THEY DON'T CONSIDERPRE-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

A REAL THING.

- PRE-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

- WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS,

IS THAT SOMETIMESIT JUST GETS VERY HARD...

- I'M SORRY.I COULDN'T HEAR THAT.

- [whispers indistinctly]

- SORRY. IT'S JUSTWHEN CARS GO BY,

I CAN'T HEAR YOU, SO...

- I UNDERSTAND.IT'S JUST...

[helicopter whirring]

- THAT HELICOPTER SOUNDMUST NOT REMIND YOU OF WAR,

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