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Lyle lives with his wife of 16 years, and 3 sons in Dodson, MT. He was in the Marine Corps for 13 years, with 3 combat deployments under his belt. He had gone to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once, which made him an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Combat Veteran. Lyle's MOS while in the Marine Corps was Motor T and while over in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was a convoy commander.

In August of 2006, Lyle and his squad was on a special convoy mission when they were hit by an IED, in which Lyle was knocked unconscious for several minutes. Lyle woke up to a gloomy sight, in which he doesn't like to discuss in detail. From that incident, it was discovered years later that Lyle suffers from severe combat post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety which led gim to take an honorary discharge from the Marine Corps in 2012. At the time he had no idea what was going on with himself and it continued to get worse and worse.

Lyle stated that he put his family through a lot over the last several years unintentionally with his invisible wounds, as he would self-destruct and have suicidal ideation and would self-medicate. Lyle is about to graduate from an inpatient intense program through the Sheridan VA for post-traumatic stress disorder with co-occuring disorders and he has worked extremely hard to get where he is today. Lyle is learning to be able to sort through his trauma and to not be so hard on himself. He is the closest he has been to his boys in years, and he's hoping that this is the start to intense healing for himself and his family.

 

Vacations for Warriors was able to send Lyle and his family on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World.

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Well again, thank you. Lyles VA psychologist (who is the leading VA psychologist in the nation and also lives in Denver) couldn’t believe how therapeutic this trip seemed to have been for lyle and our boys. He hasn’t seen lyle smile like he did the other day via video conference in years. Thank you so much for this bonding/family healing opportunity that we were allowed for our little family
❤ Lyle’s wife, Francine KillEagle