Reaching out for redemption and hope: the story of a broken warrior suffering PTSD who has a dream to help you make a difference in others’ lives.

Lily Casura is running a video on Healing Combat Trauma that is at once very difficult to watch but also so necessary. It is a remarkable invitation to look into the broken soul of a warrior seeking redemption and a new means to make a difference, for himself and for others suffering PTSD like himself. He is extremely articulate. For those who find it hard to express what they feel, he lifts the burden of describing how PTSD affects you. Rather than wallow in hopelessness, he invites you on a journey of hope and self-realization. It’s OK to love again, and it’s definitely OK to accept love and to belong to a family, especially your own. This could be the beginning of the rest of your life. BONNIE

Here is how Lily describes this incredible documentary:

Rudy Reyes in ITB

The documentary series “In Their Boots” does a great job at showcasing important aspects of the service member, veteran, and family member experience in short films on subjects as varied as the participants themselves. Every single one of the episodes is worth watching and taken together, they represent an entire educational arc about the OIF/OEF veteran experience. Periodically we highlight one of the documentary series’ new episodes here.

Rudy Reyes, former Marine recon sniper, star of “Generation Kill,” and author of “Hero Living” is the star of the recent “In Their Boots” episode entitled: “The Way of the Warrior.” The charismatic and exceptionally authentic Reyes carries the entire show himself, making crystal clear the conflicts within and without that the warrior faces. Reyes, not unlike many other veterans, has been fighting serious battles on and off his entire life. The way of the warrior has always appealed to him; and he speaks with powerful candor about the costs, as well as the camaraderie, this life has brought him.

Confucius wrote, “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” Rudy Reyes is on that path. His level of honesty is not typical, is not ordinary, and does not come without a very high price; but you honor it with your attention. So many other warriors cannot be this clear or this forthright about articulating their inner struggles. While we give warriors points for subduing others in combat, those who watch this territory know the hardest battles are fought and won within. Rudy Reyes continually finds, and challenges, this personal edge. In this way, he truly embodies “the way of the warrior.”

Editor’s note: The link to the film is below. The photo pictured below is not Rudy Reyes.


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11 Responses to Reaching out for redemption and hope: the story of a broken warrior suffering PTSD who has a dream to help you make a difference in others’ lives.

  1. Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman says:

    Thank you!! I just found your website tonight. My son’s best friend has recently returned from Afghanistan and he is struggling. His young finance and her family are also struggling. I am trying to find resources to help all of them make this young man’s return a healthy and successful one and it is so great to find your site. Can you please let me know if fiances and families and friends also have access to counselling and support? I am trying to put something together for them so that they can facilitate a very young man’s return to those who love him in the best possible way.

    • Charlotte, I thought I replied but I don’t see it here. Another great resource is Lily Casura in the US at Healing Combat Trauma and in Canada Kelli McMillan of Catapult Solutions. If you go down the right side of the Homecoming Vets blog, you will find a roll of related blogs that all offer information, inspiration and hands’-on help.

      Best to you and your son’s best friend/family.


      • Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman says:

        Dear Bonnie – Thank you! I just came back on your site and got your message. I will share it. Thank you for all you are doing.

        Peace and hugs, Charlotte

  2. Bonnie Toews says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Are you looking for Canadian or American services for vets and their families? This is a Canadian site. Our cross-border associate, Lily Casura of HEALING COMBAT TRAUMA, can lead you to American resources. Please answer.


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