Army vet helps carve out therapy plan for vets with PTSD

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 12:04:49-04

ANKENY, IA - For many veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, the struggle is real.

Army veteran Anthony Martin has a unique way to help cut out stress.  He carves logs into art as therapy for his PTSD.

"I'll come over here on a Friday night, maybe for a couple hours, and it's like I'm a whole new person," said Martin.

He sells his artwork and donates funds to help more vets.  Martin says he got the idea after attending a therapy program in Washington state.

"I saw a guy out in a wheelchair carving, with a chainsaw.  I said if he can do it, I can do it," said Martin.

He then started the program 'Logs 4 Heroes' to help other vets with PTSD.  A custom trailer serves as a mobile carpenter's shed.

While carving with a chainsaw may not be for everyone, there are other activities vets may find therapeutic.

Bryan Escobedo of Lone Star Veterans Association says, "You have to try out different things until you find out what works for you.  For instance, for me, playing the guitar and volunteering really helps me out a lot. For you, it might be individual counseling or group counseling."