Not all wounds are visible. PTSD is not just a combat veteran issue; it’s a life issue.  PTSD can influence combat Veterans, First Responders, ER staff, Victims of abuse and others that have survived any kind of trauma.  Some symptoms of PTSD include:

  •          nightmares and flashbacks
  •          avoidance and apathy
  •          suicidal tendencies
  •          fear and anxiety
  •          survivor’s guilt
  •          anger

Many people suffering with the effects of PTSD are receiving medical treatment. This outreach is not meant as a replacement for that medical treatment.  Participants are always advised to continue all of their medical treatment plans and medications until instructed otherwise by their medical providers.


"The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity;

but a wounded spirit who can bear?" (Proverbs 18:14)


Join us for an ongoing support group meeting on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at FBT, in room D-201. Contact Kent Kendall for more information - 843-661-4321 or kkendall@fbt.org.

HERE’S AN INTRODUCTION TO A FEW OF OUR GROUP LEADERS

Paul Henderson

For me, PTSD is not just linked to a single event. At the age of 10, I was involved in a serious automobile accident, which left me hospitalized for several months. I spent six months in a cast that covered 50% of my body and was on crutches for six months. My sister and I were on our way home when a vehicle “t-boned” us at a high rate of speed. The impact caused our vehicle to flip off the roadway and into an adjacent yard. I was in the back seat and was not wearing a seatbelt. I remember a majority of that accident. As a result, I suffered with nightmares and experienced severe panic attacks while riding in vehicles for several years. From my adolescent years to adulthood, I experienced the loss of close friends through drunk driving accidents, suicide, and a car-jacking. I have been robbed at gun-point and was a victim of an attempted abduction one night outside a restaurant in Wrightsville Beach, NC at the age of 23.Currently, I serve as a Military Police Sergeant First Class on active duty with the South Carolina Army National Guard. I was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2007–2008 and to Khowst Province, Afghanistan in 2011–2012. During our deployment to Afghanistan, our unit encountered several IED and mortar attacks. We also responded to attacks on Coalition Forces and Host nation partners. Three soldiers were killed in action and five soldiers were severely wounded in action by a suicide vest attack. One of my responsibilities during that deployment was to collect and distribute intelligence of events and attack trends within our unit’s area of operation. Although I was not on the ground during the incident, the event left me with survivor’s guilt. Although years have passed since experiencing many of these traumatic events in my life, I still struggle with them from time to time. You cannot completely erase traumatic events, but you can learn to cope with them. Trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, and God’s Word can give you hope and strength to weather any storm.

Robert Pridgen

There were three of us growing up in a home that did not attend church. We rode a bus to church on occasion, but only when my parents wanted a vacation from us! After growing up, I went into the military and was deployed to Iraq. I saw just how horrible people could be to each another; the things they could do to other people. We did not lose a single soul on that mission, but I came back a different person. I began drinking very heavily. My own brother was embarrassed to be seen with me and my fellow soldiers. But we were soldiers, and we were hurting.
I was then deployed to Afghanistan, which was a totally different mission. On June 20, 2012 we lost 3 soldiers. It was the worst day in South Carolina National Guard history. All three were friends of mine, with one of them being my best of friends. I came back home with a lot of emptiness, pain and guilt in my heart. My drinking became worse and worse, and I knew I was on a downward spiral. I understood how you could be in such pain that you would contemplate committing suicide. As I tried to put my life back together, I thought about the families of those lost soldiers. They were also trying to put their lives back together, but they had to do so without their sons, fathers, husbands, and
brothers. That was incredibly painful. Then my phone rang. It was Pastor Monroe from Florence Baptist Temple. He wanted to meet and get to know me. Later, we met again. This time he asked me, “If you died today, how do you know that you would go to Heaven?” I told him that I was a good person, and that I think I would make it. Very lovingly he showed my from the Bible that my good works could not earn my way to Heaven. I must trust Jesus, who died for me, to go to Heaven. On July 28, 2014 I received Christ into my life. I began attending church and learning more about the Bible. The Florence Baptist Temple provided men to mentor and I became a changed man. I cannot tell you what Florence Baptist Temple means to me. This is the place for you to experience a changed life.


Chad Bryant


I was raised in a Christian home and attended Florence Baptist Temple and Florence Christian School. I understood the Gospel at an early age and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at 12 years old. I was a freshman at the Citadel during the Terror Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Watching my friends join the military shaped my decision to also enlist. I  was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard and in 2007-2008, I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. While conducting my last mission in Sadr City Iraq, I sustained wounds from a rocket attack. When I returned home, I found it extremely difficult adjusting back to “normal” life.  I withdrew from close friends, my family, and my wife.  I also became very unsatisfied with my job. I was deployed again in 2011 to Afghanistan. It is stressful enough to command soldiers in combat, but on June 20th, 2012, I lost three soldiers.  Also another five were seriously wounded. One of those killed was my best friend, a leader among leaders.  I completed my deployment and returned home where I found myself again distancing myself from close friends and family. I turned to alcohol, and shut down emotionally to numb the feelings I was experiencing. I lost my marriage and struggled to rebuild family relationships.After remarrying and growing in my faith, I found my fulfillment from the only true source that is available, the Lord Jesus Christ. God is the ultimate healer, but healing is a process.  A God-led healing is a permanent healing and a deliverance. I met and ministered to a Vietnam veteran who struggled with PTSD. Six months later, I conducted his funeral. Through that, God showed me another mission to complete. I now have a growing desire to help others heal alongside me. One team. One fight. In Christ.