Kevin Taylor is a disabled navy veteran. Just a few years ago he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
His trauma happened July 3, 1988. That's when he served as a radar controller aboard the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf. His job was to watch for military aircraft coming out of Iran.
Iran air flight 655 was in the air space and never identified itself, despite six radio challenges from him.
Taylor's captain fired the shot that took that plane down. All 290 people were killed. More than 25 years later, the incident still gives him nightmares.
"It's not about stopping the pain, it's about stopping the suffering associated with the pain. The pain is inevitable, suffering is optional," said Taylor.
He may not have fired the fatal shot, but he still has a heavy heart for that plane going down. Now he has a healthier way of dealing with his emotions.
That's why he founded hope4ptsd.org. It's an organization founded by veterans for veterans wounded by trauma.
Through meditation, mindfulness, and a unique program, it's mission is to increase awareness of PTSD, while creating a holistic healing and balance to veterans.
"To be able to understand you're not your thoughts or emotions, and that you can cultivate a choice on whether or not to participate in them," said Taylor
The organization for vets not only helps veterans, but their families as well. A woman whose husband was a chaplain's assistant and served 3 tours said when he came back home last January from Afghanistan he was a different person.
"In stressful situations he shut down, closed off , there was no talking, anything," she said.
The organization helped her spouse come out of isolation.
For more than a year her husband couldn't hold down a job, he couldn't even take care of himself.
She didn’t want to reveal her name or her husband’s, but wanted people to know how difficult it was for her family.
"It's very difficult to deal with just the thoughts that my son's don't really know who their daddy is, because he's a completely different person."
Her husband is currently at a Texas VA Hospital, and getting the treatment for PTSD that he needs.
Taylor said veterans may never completely stop the pain, but they can at least start recovering from their trauma.