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How a Platoon Sergeant Got Her Life Back Through Meditation How a Platoon Sergeant Got Her Life Back Through Meditation

How a Platoon Sergeant Got Her Life Back Through Meditation

by David Lynch Foundation

July 30, 2013

LeShonda "Shy" Gill was born into a military family.

Shy was deployed to Iraq as a Chemical Operations Specialist in 2003, where her job was to find and decontaminate chemical weapons of mass destruction. In Iraq, Shy's squad was ambushed on their way home from a mission.

"As soon as the truck in front of me blew up, I knew all hell was about to break loose," Shy says. "I sustained multiple injuries to my stomach, torso and legs." Shy was the only one from her squad to make it home.

Shy quickly returned to Iraq as a private contractor, compelled by a mysterious desire to “get back.” When she finally came home for good in late 2009, her life fell apart. "I cut off everybody. I lost everything I had in less than two years,” she says. "I used to think PTSD was something people claimed to get out of going to Iraq." She now realizes that she was “dead wrong."  


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