BLACKWOOD, NJ (CBS) — A South Jersey Iraq war veteran who nearly lost his life in a suicide bombing nine years ago spoke to a Camden County College Psychology forum about his struggles with PTSD.
Twenty-nine-year-old Josh House lives in Mount Ephraim with his pregnant wife, Shannon, and six-year-old son, Zachary.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For Suspect Who Stole Car With 6-Year-Old Girl In Backseat
House, a Marine, received the Purple Heart for his service. Now a student at Camden County College, he opened up about that
He vividly recalls Oct. 29, 2006, the day a terrorist drove a four-door sedan into the side of his tank and detonated his explosives.
House says doctors put his battered body back together, but the psychological and emotional damage – he came to know as post-traumatic stress disorder – forever changed his life.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Community Welcomes Home 3-Year-Old Boy After Hit-And-Run That Also Killed Mother
He calls it the wolf who stalks him.
“There came a time where I realized that wolf was going to be with me forever, and in some ways, is me. But if I don’t take the time ahead of time to feed that wolf and do what I need to do for those disabilities that wolf is going to eat me and is going to run my life.”
House hopes those hearing his story will come to understand many veterans are still coping with secret scars years after their return.MORE NEWS: Local Doctor Joins 14 World War II Veterans In Hawaii Visiting Pearl Harbor On 80th Anniversary