HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Staff Sergeant Billy Caviness was on his fourth, and ultimately final, tour of duty in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan when a mortar attack blew a hole the size of a fist into his right thigh, severely injuring his groin area.
When Army videographer Staff Sergeant Robert Ham met SSgt Caviness, he set out to tell the story of a Purple Heart recipient who has proudly served his country for 16 years. Instead, what he discovered was a war hero still fighting – only this time the enemy was inside his home, his dreams, his every waking moment.
What SSgt Ham uncovered was a soldier's new battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. The documentary SSgt Ham created changed both their lives.
The original version runs 9:00, this edited 4:00 version was provided to Hawaii News Now by SSgt Ham.
For more information on post-traumatic stress disorder, go to: www.militaryonesource.mil