FORMER ARMY STAFF SERGEANT, VETERAN, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Former Army Staff Sergeant Jon Warren is intimately familiar with the devastating physical and mental injuries of warfare. He now works helping veterans recover from wounds of their own. Warren, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, survived five IED blasts and was awarded two purple hearts for his injuries. Upon returning home from war, Jon suffered with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He tried a battery of counseling approaches and pharmaceutical drugs and earned a psychology degree in hopes of finding a way to heal himself and help other veterans affected by PTSD. The Los Angeles Times profiled his struggles in a special report, “Healing Sgt. Warren,” in October 2013, as Warren underwent new virtual-reality treatments at the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach, Calif. The resulting sharp reduction in his PTSD symptoms was so life-changing that, today, Warren works for the Brain Treatment Center. He plays an instrumental role in managing its efforts to help Veterans in need.