Local veteran speaks out about PTSD

By Denise Jackson

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Marshall County coroner said the Iraq war veteran who jumped out of a vehicle on Friday was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Zachary Crawford, 26, of Chillicothe, was pronounced dead at the scene near Hopewell Estates.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is a disorder that impacts many veterans including Creighton Burrell, 25.

He said the symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks from combat experiences and panic attacks. Burrell said he was injured in an attack while serving in Afghanistan.

He adds, while counseling and therapy are readily available at VA Clinics, talking about those experiences is not easy.

"I feel like I am constantly treading water," he said. "Thankfully I have the support to lift me up when I start to go under. Nonetheless it only lifts you up so far."

Burrell received a medical discharge from the army in April of 2011. He now works as a Realtor and attends classes full time at Bradley University.

He said support from his wife, church and family helps him in trying to manage PTSD.

Veterans who would like information about PTSD can get it from the VA clinic's website listed above.