|Zach (right) with Warrior Salute Art Therapist Michael Martin.|
Marine Veteran Zach Grawe graduated from Warrior Salute today after three months in the program. Zach came in March, accompanied by feelings of anger and confusion that came with his PTSD.
After serving in the Marines from 2008 to 2012 and being deployed to Afghanistan, Zach began to struggle to acclimate to civilian life. He lost a lot of weight and began to follow a downward spiral, until his mother recommended Warrior Salute, a service of CDS Monarch that provides clinical and case management services to Veterans with PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma.
Zach said he struggled at first, packing his bags twice before ultimately deciding to stay in the program. He engaged in art therapy and music therapy and said learning to play the guitar helped him to focus. Zach said he learned to handle his emotions better, and that, when dealing with people, not everything is "black and white" like it is in the Marines. "There's more gray area" in civilian life, Zach said.
After just four months, Zach was fit for graduation. Zach now has an apartment and job in the Buffalo area, and he said next he wants to buy a house, get married and start a family.
Congratulations, Zach, on all your success!