Alex Sutton was a member of the United States Army. He was involved in three different missions in Iraq. He saw a lot of heavy combat during his time in the service. He developed a very serious case of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition made it very hard for him to hold down a normal job. In fact, he was virtually unemployable. He was beginning to wonder where his life was going to go now that his time in the military was finally behind him. A friend of his was a farmer. Alex thought that farming would be the perfect profession for him to try to overcome his PTSD. He had his friend teach him many of the basic things that you need to know if you are going to grow crops and care for animals on a regular basis.
It has been a very difficult road to recovery for Alex. He is still haunted by vivid flashbacks and nightmares that remind him of the horrors that he witnessed while serving in Iraq. However, he finds that working hard on his farm is helping him to get a little better one day at a time. He raises pigs, sheep and chickens. He enjoys working with animals and finds their companionship to be comforting. Almost 400,000 of the US military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD. It is because of this that Alex has taken it upon himself to teach some of the veterans how to become a farmer. He hopes that this job will have the same benefits for these people as it does for him.
Having PTSD can be a very difficult thing. Veterans can suffer from severe depression and have suicidal thoughts. Alex finds that being outdoors on a regular basis and breathing fresh air are very important to helping him cope with his PTSD. He is glad that he discovered farming when he did.