Inspiration visits Schofield

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Inspirational speaker Victor Marx addresses PTSD, suicide and despair at the Sgt. Smith Theater, March 18.

Inspirational speaker Victor Marx addresses PTSD, suicide and despair at the Sgt. Smith Theater, March 18.

Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Victor Marx, a celebrated inspirational speaker, visited with Soldiers, family members and local civilians, here, March 18, to speak about hope and the damaging effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and the hope that helps victims overcome.

The presentation was held in the Sgt. Smith Theater and was sponsored by the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Marx’s inspirational message was tailored to reach troubled Soldiers and to help them find relief.

“We were compelled to come out and work with the military because of the high prevalence of PTSD and its effects on Soldiers,” said Marx.

“Victor Marx has experienced the worst. He has been sexually assaulted, physically abused, left for dead (and) told he is worthless and will never amount to anything good,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Koeman, 2nd SBCT. “How many of our present generation of Soldiers have experienced similar things in their childhood or even as adults? The answer is simple: too many.”

To make sure everyone was ready to listen to his message, Marx demonstrated his weapon disarming techniques. He currently holds the world record for fastest weapon disarm.

“I use the disarm technique demonstration in the beginning to help get the attention of the tough guys,” said Marx. “Once they see it, they give me some credit and listen to my message.”

The message was an important one, hope. With the difficulties of military life, it can be easy for Soldiers to lose hope and fall into despair.

“Being former military and working with a lot of people in the Special Forces, I can understand the mindset and how being a Soldier is different from a civilian life,” said Marx. “I really try to tailor it to what they are going though and that hard times are a part of their lives.”

“Victor is an inspiring character of hope,” said Koeman. “Victor encouraged us to focus on our character. Victor said, ‘Your gifts and skills can take you to places of success in life where your character cannot sustain you.’ He encouraged everyone to focus on their character.”

“Because of the intense stress that a Soldier goes though, hope is a very important thing for them. That is the message I try to bring,” said Marx. “They need hope.”

“Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us,” said Koeman. “What we do with the curve balls matters. Where we turn to for help matters.”

Learn More

For information on seeking help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or despair, contact your military health care provider or Army Community Service at 655-4227.

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