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‘Combat Medicine:’ Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

After a deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Doc Todd suffered from PTSD. With his new manuscript Combat Medicine, he hopes to uncover other veterans that they’re not alone.

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After a deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Doc Todd suffered from PTSD. With his new manuscript Combat Medicine, he hopes to uncover other veterans that they’re not alone.

ZoomWorks Photography/Courtesy of Doc Todd

There is no one certain approach to strech fight veterans pang from post-traumatic highlight disorder, depression, or piece abuse. But a new hip-hop manuscript called Combat Medicine, released Wednesday, competence help. It was created and achieved by George “Mik” Todd, who goes by a name Doc Todd. He’s a former Fleet Marine Force corpsman — radically a fight medic — who served alongside a U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

Todd’s character is tough and approach in a approach that usually one maestro can be to another. In a strain “Not Alone,” he urges veterans to take movement in their possess recovery.

Take those bottles out, dog

and flow ’em in a sink.

Take a needles out of your arm

And a gun divided from your forehead.

It’s time, man.

You’ve been by adequate pain.

Stand up.

It’s time to mount behind up.

Todd says a strain is about empowerment, “about holding assign of your life, holding assign of your transition” from a fight section to municipal life.

In his possess transition, Doc Todd went by many of a issues other veterans face: shame, isolation, self-abuse. For Todd, it began in 2009 after he was in a vast and dangerous conflict in Afghanistan. Many of his friends were severely wounded. His roommate was killed. Todd was medically evacuated to Germany after he fell severely ill with pneumonia.

“That tore me adult so bad, given we felt like we was alienated from a guys we served with,” Todd recalls. “I felt like there was an asterisk subsequent to my deployment. we felt like it would’ve been improved if we got shot given that would’ve been some-more heroic.”

George “Mik” Todd seen here in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in Jul 2009. He served with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.

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George “Mik” Todd seen here in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in Jul 2009. He served with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.

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Todd says it took him several years before he got assistance for his PTSD. He was vexed and started celebration heavily. Eventually, he satisfied what he indispensable to be doing was assisting other veterans. With assets from his pursuit as a income manager and assistance from his wife, he was means to quit his job. He’d been creation song given he was a teenager. Now, he wanted to use his song to assistance veterans heal. And he had copiousness of element for his lyrics.

The onslaught is real

Found a feast

And mislaid a soul

Eventually my drinking

It got out of control

There in darkness, we roamed

Struggling to find home

See Suddenly genocide didn’t

Feel so Alone

In a video for “Not Alone,” a immature maestro gets out of bed and immediately reaches for a bottle. That unfolding is all too real, says former Marine Zach Ludwig who served with Todd in Afghanistan and is now operative by his possess PTSD.

“He knows what to contend and how to contend it,” Ludwig says, indicating to Todd’s fight experience. “What a male says is only blunt force truth.”

Todd says confronting a truth, no matter how difficult, can do some-more to assistance veterans than “coddling” them. His goal with Combat Medicine is to uncover vets they’re not alone and to titillate them to get help.

“We have to be obliged for lenient a possess lives. And it doesn’t unequivocally assistance when a strenuous account is victimization and brokenness,” he says.