"Josh didn't expect to see much direct combat as a Marine Corps Arabic linguist deployed in Iraq. He quickly realized he was wrong.Attached to an infantry unit -- "not an offensive force," as he describes it -- Josh and his six-member team found themselves in the middle of frequent mortar and rocket attacks. "One week, it was like five days in a row," he says.
After two deployments to Iraq, the Marine Corps Veteran felt a lasting impact from the trauma of combat. "It's taken me years to get comfortable with any type of siren, shrieking, whistling sound," he says.
Following his military service, Josh found a passion for archeology, which became a career that required frequent trips abroad. It was on an archeological dig in Cyprus when he realized that the unknowns of a foreign country were a trigger for his stress and anxiety and social withdrawal -- common symptoms of PTSD."