"While there is no doubt that the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces are true heroes, it's also a sad reality that those heroes are often harshly affected by the horrors of war.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common condition among many of the soldiers who return from active combat. Much like a physical war injury, PTSD can drastically affect the lives of servicemen and servicewomen. But because mental disorders are considered "invisible" illnesses, it can be difficult for those afflicted to find the help they need.
Josh Marino, a veteran of the Iraq war, was sadly one of the many who struggled with the effects of PTSD. The condition even pushed him to the brink of suicide -- until an unexpected encounter with a cat named Scout changed his entire life."