My name is Joshua Edward Pack. I served in the United States Navy for 10 years, doing several tours Iraq and Afghanistan a few other places. When I returned from Afghanistan I was diagnosed with PTSD. I was in disbelief that the upstanding leader I had once been was no longer there. Shortly thereafter, I found myself being discharged from the Navy. I quote,”You no longer fit the needs of the Navy”.
To me it was the same as being told I was useless, broken and no good. I came back home where my family supported me. I had more support than most but still had several ups and downs. Between the nightmares, lack of sleep, and short temper with my family, stress was always getting worse.
One day I was woke up by my niece I came close to hitting her by accident she had startled my sleep and when I came to I wasn’t sure where I was at. It scared me. I feel like I became a monster and it only made things worse when people call me a “hero”.
I left home and started couch-surfing and living in the streets. Eventually I moved to Texas where I landed a job making more money than I had ever made before on my navy salary. It would have taken me equivalent of four years in the Navy to make the same amount I made in one. I quickly moved up in the company, making more money until eventually, I was asked to relocate to Paducah, Kentucky. I built a tiny house on wheels and moved it to Duck Creek RV park off Exit 11.
At my new home, I found friendly faces and other veterans who would eventually push me to go get the help I needed. Before I knew it, I was doing things I enjoyed again. I was having campfires with my new friends who felt more like family. I saw a sense of community from the veteran residents in the RV park and could see how the comradery greatly improved their everyday lives.
Thinking about that in my own personal experience, I came up with the beginning concept they would eventually lead to Community For Heroes. After much thought, I finally decided to quit my job to pursue my dream. I believe that the community can change lives for the better. A Thanks and shot out to my friends and family at Duck creek RV park in Paducah KY off exit 11.