| Matthew Hoh |
(soldier, academic, journalist)
|Member of||American Herald Tribune|
|Interests|| • peace|
• US/Foreign policy
In college I lost my faith and then became a comparative religion major.
I worked in finance and publishing for a couple of years after college and then joined the Marines.
In 2007, after my second deployment to Iraq, PTSD, moral injury and severe depression took over my life. I began trying to drink myself to death. Thoughts of suicide became common until they were a near daily presence by 2011.
In early 2012, after thoughts of suicide had evolved into plans for suicide, I began to have breakdowns. At rock bottom, a description for a circumstance I used to think cliched until I met it personally, I somehow made the right decision. I entered into therapy and stopped drinking. Minus a few days, I’ve remained sober. I also take medication.
The concept of a future is available to me again; PTSD, moral injury and depression take that from you. It is an incredibly profound joy to once more have a life ahead of me.
More importantly, my soul, which I had kicked into a hole and subjugated years ago, is getting healthy too.
A Document by Matthew Hoh
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)|
|Document:US Intel officials say Syria NOT responsible for chemical attack||memo||6 September 2013||Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack|
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