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• Click to Read Sam Boney IV's Testimonial

My name is Samuel Boney IV, combat veteran of the Iraq war and author of ‘Combat Medic: A soldier’s story of the Iraq war and PTSD.’ I served as a combat medic with the 1st Calvary. Fighting on the front lines took a huge toll on me mentally and physically. Running around with 120lbs of equipment on for months in the excruciating heat wore down my back and knees. I eventually was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lower back and mid- back before I was medically discharged from the Army for PTSD in 2006. For the next 10 years I struggled with chronic pain and PTSD. It felt like every year the pain got worse. The pain was so severe and constant that I started abusing drugs, popping prescription pain pills like they were sweet tarts and drinking heavy amounts of alcohol just to numb the pain so I could sleep. It hurts to say but suicide was on my mind every day, seemed like the only way to get rid of the pain.

After years of learning how to live with my pain I published my book and started working on reaching out to veterans to share my story and encourage change to have better lives. It was in this process that I ran into Chris Barber. After telling him my story and what I hope to do for the veteran community he asked me about my pain and then proceeded to explain to me that he helps run an organization in the community called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon as well as a non-profit organization called Pain Free Patriots that gives veterans free grants to get pain free.

I didn’t believe him at first, I blatantly laughed in his face and told him I’m a lost cause and that I’d tried everything already. After telling me about the number of people that have gone through the program with success and that it was free, I was willing to give it a chance. Within a few days I had my first treatment. After my third treatment the constant muscle burning in back went away completely. I was totally amazed, 10 years of pain nearly gone in 2 weeks.

4 months into it now and I feel like a new person. I’m not constantly moving around because of a pinched nerve in my back or drugged up on so many muscle relaxers that I don’t want to move off the couch. I can actually do work around the house without having to lie down from exhaustion. The best thing is that I have a clear head and I’m not limited by what I can do because of pain. I recommend Pain Free Patriots to every veteran I meet with chronic pain because I know that their treatment works and that can help save lives.

• Click to Read Tyler Englund's Testimonial

I joined the Army Infantry in 2013 when was 20 years old and was stationed up in the 1/25 SBCT in Alaska. I got out of the Army in 2016 at 24 years old and for the past few years I’ve struggled with lower back pain. In the past few months, it’s gotten more frequent and I’ve had a pretty constant feeling of “tightness”.

I was referred to Pain Free Patriots and the Ultimate Wellness Center, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back on track to a life of enjoyment! Chris and the other staff have been nothing short of amazing during the start of this process. I’m really looking forward to my upcoming appointments to come up with a plan to get me back to where I should be in terms of health!

• Click to Read Danny Serafin's Testimonial

I am grateful to have been able to participate in the Ultimate Wellness Center. Though maybe somewhat apprehensive at first, it was one of the best decisions I have made. After just a few months, I now have much less pain in my hip & calves, which have bothered me for years (to put it mildly). The different types of therapy were painless, and I was always reassured that I would get better – and I did.

All the staff has a genuine, heartfelt professionalism and deep concern for our well-being. They always were willing to listen to my concerns and goals. I truly am amazed with everyone from the Doctors, Physical Therapists, Technicians, Receptionists, not to mention the Founder and donors/financial supporters of such a great program.

These people are the ones who truly are the blessed, for blessing others. They believe in themselves, which causes me to believe in them.

All for the glory of God, who is perfecting everything that concerns us on this earth. Thank you again!

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