Last summer, in August, I was invited to attend the first annual Valor Games Midwest. The Games is open to all military, both disabled and otherwise, and are held in the downtown Chicago area in locations such as U.S. Cellular Field and Soldier Field. I competed in the archery, but chose not to do the powerlifting / bench press as it was obvious that I was the largest and strongest on there, and didn't wish to make any of the other competitors feel bad.
Written By: Wes Perkins
The purpose of this story is to help inform other veterans, and civilians alike, of the symptoms, diagnosis and ultimately the treatment of sleep apnea, as well as how it relates to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As we all are aware PTSD is caused by any form of trauma, not just exposure to combat.
I'm Wes Perkins. Lisa and I are close friends, and we met when we were both members at XSport Fitness. I'm also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and am a disabled veteran with PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She asked both myself and my wife to share our stories on living with the condition, as well as how living a lifestyle of health and fitness aids me.
Wesley Perkins is 40 years old and married to a loving, and very supportive wife who educated herself on PTSD, as well as helped other women to understand their spouses who may suffer from it. He joined the Marines right out of high school from 1989 to 1992. He was also in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1998 and deployed to Iraq for 15 months from 2003 to 2004. Perkins was discharged in 2007. He and his wife Christine have two kids, Bobby, 16 and Ashley,18. He is currently service connected with PTSD, severe arthritis, as well as have been recently diagnosed, and now treated, for sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine.
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