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NBA Official and Former Undercover Officer Shares His PTSD Journey at Ft. Sill

Wednesday, an NBA referee and former law enforcement official shared his own PTSD message and story, in hopes of helping some of our nation's heroes with their own battles.
    Studies estimate 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    So Wednesday, an NBA referee and former law enforcement official shared his own  PTSD message and story, in hopes of helping some of our nation's heroes with their own battles.
    From 1975 to 78, Bob Delaney went undercover with the New Jersey State Police working to incriminate mobs up and down the east coast. He says the stress of the double life he lived and fear for his life were both factors of the onset of this disorder. What was supposed to be a six month undercover assignment turned into a three year operation, ultimately changing his life forever.
    "I had an emotional roller coaster ride inside of me because in my eyes I abused that trust, that trust that is needed for any relationship to develop to be friends with these guys," said Delaney.
    In 1981 he testified to the U.S. Senate Committee On Organized Crime on more than 100 cases. Delaney says it wasn't until many years later that he accepted the fact that his work led him to his diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder.
    "I was trying to put on a facade that none of this was bothering me while internally I was going through all types of emotions," said Delaney.
    Delaney has since retried from law enforcement. Making his new mission to help others suffering with PTSD. Wednesday, he spoke with wounded warriors sharing this message:
    "Post traumatic stress is not a life long sentence, but it may be a life long journey of healing," said Delaney.
    Delaney's journey of healing began in 1987 when he became a basketball referee.
    "For me it gave me an inner peace. So the game of basketball is always important to me. I never had a goal of getting to the NBA," said Delaney.
    Delaney encouraged soldiers to find their own inner peace. And says both soldiers and their families need to transition into the new normal as they return home from the battle field.
    Delaney now shares this story across the nation to help individuals understand PTSD and the impact it has on the individual and the ripple effect to family and friends. If you would like to hear more about Delaney's journey he's captured his story in his book, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob
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