By: Hannah Paczkowski
Allen Gabel led convoys through Iraq during his career as a Master Sergeant.
Now, he's retired and recovering from PTSD.
He says Veterans' Affairs saved his life.
"When I was at my lowest they gave me the tools that I needed to get myself back on my feet and kind of start living a normal life and to face the challenges that I have every now and then," Gabel said.
Today, Gabel shared his road to recovery with community partners at a mental health summit put on by the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.
The summit is a national initiative to reach out to community partners and collaborate effectively.
"We're a vital part of mental health services in Lincoln and so all of our community partners have veterans that they deal with so I think it's going to improve services here," NWIVA Chief of Psychology said.
Services that could help bring more veterans with mental health issues to the VA.
As a recovering patient, Gabel says it's important for suffering veterans to contact the program.
"We just rub dirt on it and move on, it's kind of the military philosophy. Stick with the program it really does help and it gives you the tools to deal with those issues," he said.