Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Returning from three combat tours in Iraq, native Iowan Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in North Carolina. While he finds at least partial relief through farming, he cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. His life after war and subsequent struggles with PTSD are documented by director/cinematographer Alix Blair in her documentary Farmer/Veteran: A Combat Veteran's Fragile Struggle to Overcome Trauma and Transition to Life as a Farmer.
During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with director Alix Blair and John Wallace, the PTSD Program coordinator for the Central Iowa VA Hospital.