Veteran Battling PTSD Finds Companionship And Love In Two Furry Best FriendsJulie E.H.
Our service men and women are keeping our country safe but sadly, many are coming home with PTSD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), “is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.”
PTSD manifests differently in sufferers, with very real and very physical symptoms. Many sufferers become housebound, feeling too frightened to be apart of the outside world. For Stephen Simmons, things that he loved to do just weren’t possible anymore. Until… he met Burma and Puppi.
Burma was adopted by Simmons when a young girl that had a box of kittens came up to him. Once Simmons held Burma, their love connection was instant.
Burma is no ordinary cat. He loves to go on adventures. Swimming, hiking, and exploring the world motivates his cat-dad to get out with him. Having Burma by his side and seeing that the world is okay, gives Simmons the security he needs to continue to live an adventurous life style.
Puppi was found by Simmons on a mountaintop in 2004. The only time they have been apart is when Simmons had to deploy to Iraq. Puppi became Simmon’s service dog after he came home with PTSD. She has been there through the toughest times.
Together, this trio is taking on the world together. Without Burma and Puppi, Simmons is sure he would not have made such amazing strides in his battle with PTSD. Check out Burma’s Instagram page and follow their exciting adventures!