Sep 23, 2019
Join Brian as we discuss organization expansion, recovery and the impact of your story,
Veterans 4 Life USA runs out of Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Phoenix, and Tulsa. At the heart of the organization is Brian Paul and his ever-extending network of resources.
Brian Paul, President, and Founder of Veterans4LifeUSA served in the 45th Infantry Division as a rifleman, machine gunner, and mortarman. His team provided security and other services at the Alfred P Murrah bombing site following the terrorist attack on April 19th, 1995. He has also served as a firefighter and EMT in Kansas City.
Brian Paul enjoyed success in both the military and in his time as a Firefighter and EMT but like many others, he ran head-on into serious and life-threatening problems largely due to his “no quit” personality. He believed in his mission of service even when he knew it was costing him his health and eventually would likely cost him his life.
Brian began dealing with the extreme stresses of his job by self-medicating with alcohol. This, coupled with extraordinary stress from being a first responder, led him to a very real and dangerous problem with post-traumatic stress known as PTSD. This problem led to not only rapidly deteriorating health but also to divorce and even homelessness. Brian was simply fighting for his life.
With God’s help and the help of his family, Brian was finally able to find the correct and proper help he desperately needed and with very little time to spare.
Brian went through an intensive 90-day treatment program in the Smokey Mountains that dealt with his PTSD and alcohol problems simultaneously. Brian was extremely successful with this treatment for three main reasons:
He was finally receiving the correct and proper treatment specifically for him. He used the same intense focus and determination that made him a successful soldier and firefighter and directed it towards his treatment. He has an unbreakable connection with his higher power as he viewed it.
Brian has been sober, happy, and successful since Nov. 20, 2015, and focuses sharply on helping fellow soldiers and first responders, including law enforcement, avoid and overcome similar serious obstacles he himself has experienced and overcome.
Brian started Veterans4LifeUSA to help other veterans and first responders who struggle with PTSD and addiction.
The focus of Veterans4LifeUSA is to connect veterans, first responders, and their families to resources where they can find healing. They also create events and environments where veterans and first responders can build camaraderie and fellowship with others.
We hope to continue and build relationships and provide resources for veterans and first responders who struggle no matter where they may be.