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Warrior Care Network Helps Put Fireworks Back in Veteran Joe Merritt's Life

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“I plan to make sure they know about the benefits of Warrior Care Network.”

As part of Joe’s recovery at Emory’s Veterans Program, he experienced in vivo exposure therapy. He went to Midtown Atlanta, a busy part of town, for lunch on several occasions.

“I had to take in the sights without scanning or walking along the side of buildings – things I typically do for my comfort. The first couple times created anxiety, but I got more and more comfortable with each visit.”

Joe also visited the Georgia Aquarium, a bustling tourist destination.

“That was emotional, but on a good level. I also spent a day in very crowded Piedmont Park, just enjoying watching other people.”

Joe said he has noticed a different level of calmness in himself; so has his wife.

“I have gotten upset, but not like I used to. I can feel a difference in my thinking. I attribute a lot of that to Warrior Care Network and Emory.”

Now Joe has another goal in mind.

“I have not been able to see a fireworks display in more than a decade. I plan to change that this Independence Day.”

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