Tim Kennedy says don’t be a pussy as he talks to veterans about the struggle with PTSD

Tim Kennedy is often times a lightning rod for controversy. Wherever the former Green Beret goes controversy seems to be walking 10 to 15 feet behind him. Kennedy’s latest Facebook post tackled the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the 400 word post from the UFC middleweight sparked more debate on the subject.

If Kennedy was looking to start a discussion on how military veterans returning home deal with PTSD; then mission accomplished. If Kennedy was hoping to get both slammed and praised by everyone on The Internet with an opinion on PTSD then he also accomplished his goal.

Kenndey returns tot he UFC cage at UFC 205 versus Rashad Evans in November.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a problem for military vets of every age, class and gender. Below is Kennedy’s attempt to encourage his fellow vets with how he has dealt with his own personal transition back to civilian life.

“I’m asked daily about how and why I don’t have PTSD. I’m probably the last person on Earth you should ask about this stuff. I have killed kids and women during war. I have seen my friends and fellow soldiers burn alive. My adult life is filled with the things horror movies are made of. I could have nightmares every night or be a medicated PTSD victim if I didn’t choose every day to make a difference for myself and more importantly for the men that died to my left and right. I don’t give a fuck about how they say we are supposed to heal. I’ll tell you how to get better. You stop being a pussy. You get up early and train. You train so hard your hands bleed, and you sweat acid. You train so hard you collapse seeing stars. You go get cleaned up. Have a healthy meal. Look your best, dress nice. Then know that the real work is about to start. Find something bigger than yourself and pour every ounce of who you are into it. If that’s your family, be the best father on Earth. If you are a cop, firefighter, or a trash man, be the BEST. Know every law, regulation, or route like the back of your hand. Be the best shot on the force. Be in better shape than every officer in the country, and serve the community like its your reason for living. When you finally get home, be a generous lover then collapse into bed. You should be falling asleep before your head hits the pillow because you worked so hard every moment of the day. Get up the next day…. and start all over again. At some point, and I’m not sure when, you won’t need to do these things any more…. but you will, because you know you are making a difference. It won’t be about you getting better or healthier. It will be about you contributing and giving. It will be about being the best version of yourself, and that version is a baddass that is hard to kill, that doesn’t give a fuck about what other people think. You do the right thing because you believe in it. When you finally get to heaven and get to see your brothers, they will high five you as you walk by because you made their death worth something and made your life meaningful. Hell you might even get a little wink and a pat on the ass from God as you walk by.”

Too harsh? Right on point? Only a fellow vet would understand?

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