OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of area veterans are putting together an event to help other veterans deal with PTSD.
“Depression and anger just constantly. I know battles that have turned into alcohol and drugs,” those are all things that veteran Justin Warnock says veterans often deal with when leaving the military.
"It's a very hard transition. There's not a lot of programs. There's a lot of non-profit groups that get veterans going to events but it doesn't really focus on the mental aspect of PTSD,” Warnock said.
A group of Oklahoma veterans want to help do something about it, in the gym.
"With working out it releases a lot of anger and a lot of stress and it gets you out. I suffered with depression and anxiety but it gets you out,” Warnock said.
That’s exactly what the Deadlift Party will give area veterans a chance to do.
"We've all seen our friends struggle, or we've struggled ourselves with either transitioning off active duty or PTSD either from the police department or the military. And we want people to know that there are others ways that they can seek treatment,” organizer Keith Sweeney said.
Organizers say they can’t wait to see the Tribe Gym packed with people participating in a few weeks.
"It's exciting, and it stimulates a passion in me that makes me start looking around going what else can we do. And that's what I love about watching people do for others for no other reason besides just out of love,” Tiffany Gwynn, owner of the Tribe Gym, said.
The Deadlift Party is taking place on September, 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tribe Gym. The proceeds will benefit Envision Success.