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JAN-FEB 2016

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39 INDULGE WITH SPECIALTY SWEETS, DECADENT CAKES, GOURMET CHEESECAKES, MACARONS AND MORE. ALL MADE WITH THE INGREDIENTS! ( 225) 293-8115 11826 COURSEY BLVD, BATON ROUGE, LA 70816 LESAMISBAKESHOPPE.COM FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK From an early age, Bradley Blue knew that he was born to be a soldier. After joining the US Army in 1982, he was stationed in various places around the world, including Korea, Germany, Egypt and Iraq. Blue, as he is known, is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as Operation Provide Comfort. His military service concluded in 1993, and his troubles began. "After my first divorce, I thought I was the only sane person in the world, but that was far from the truth. I did not realize I suffered from PTSD until August 12, 2014, the day I wanted it all to end (suicide)," Blue recalled. "I heard a voice on the radio; Michael Berry was talking about veterans looking to hurt themselves, and he urged me through his show to please contact Camp Hope." Bemused, Blue called called Camp Hope. "I can proudly say after working the peer-to-peer program, I'm very much improved. I still have PTSD, but I have tools now, which I learned though the program," he said. "My post-traumatic stress doesn't control me any longer—I control it." Before beginning his journey of hope and healing, Blue was homeless for three years, separated from his wife and family. Recently on a beautiful December day at Camp Hope, Blue and his wife, Deborah, renewed their wedding vows with their family and their Camp Hope family. "The things I thought I ruined have actually turned around and are working to my good," Blue said. "I departed Camp Hope after eight months of the program, and my life has never been better. I started my own business, and now I'm a Veteran Coordinator at Camp Hope helping other veterans learn that PTSD doesn't have to control their lives. I thank God every day that through his grace and mercy He provided Camp Hope. I would like to tell other veterans, "YOU ARE NOT ALONE": there is healing if you want it." For more information on PTSD Foundation of America, visit www.ptsdusa.org.

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