Major (Ret.) Brian E. Anderson enlisted into the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1991 as a Forward Observer. He later attended ROTC at the University of Central Oklahoma and in 1995 was commissioned as a Regular Army, Field Artillery, 2nd Lieutenant. In 1997, he deployed to Bosnia as a Platoon Leader. He later commanded Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery MLRS, Ft. Sill, OK and deployed his battery to Kuwait/Iraq for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Brian’s last deployment was to the Iran/Iraq Border as a Military Transition Team Chief of an 11-man team from 2009-2010. Brian was medically retired in 2013.
Upon returning from the deployment to Iraq in 2003, Brian knew that something had dramatically changed inside him. However, unable to clearly identify the changes, he spent the next 10 years trying to figure out what was wrong. Unfortunately, like so many others, he had great trepidation to say anything to others or his command team in the Army out of fear of judgment or being ostracized. After returning home from his final deployment in 2010, Brian went through two surgeries and began a downward spiral into severe depression, PTSD, anxiety, and abuse of alcohol and prescription medications.
After medical retirement, Brian continued a precipitous deterioration which led him to receiving treatment at Rob’s Ranch. Through Brian’s personal journey, he has been able to heal, strengthen his spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, and live an incredible life of joy, gratitude and peace in recovery. His family has been restored and is better than it has ever been. Rob’s Ranch helped change Brian’s life so dramatically, he has dedicated his life to helping other men battling substance addiction, especially Military Veterans. Brian, his wife, and three daughters all attend Life.Church and devote much of their free time voluntarily helping other families in need.
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