Tag Archives: Oregon

PTSD Survivor Chad Brown Hooks a New Life

A decade after leaving the U.S. Navy, Chad Brown wandered Portland streets fighting post-traumatic stress disorder with alcohol and opiates and selling his blood plasma to survive.

But that ended miraculously five years ago. Today, Brown, 44, runs two new Portland organizations: a business and a nonprofit.

His budding fly-fishing business is called Soul River Runs Deep. From the retail shop on North Kilpatrick Street, he sells fishing gear, hats, T-shirts and outdoor paraphernalia.

The nonprofit is Soul River Inc. It links other organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Loop and Orvis fishing gear businesses, to open the wonders of nature to inner city youths and combat vets. He’s reached dozens of kids and vets.

“I found a calling,” said Brown, still surprised and grateful for what’s happening. “I’m 50 percent disabled with PTSD,” he said. His work keeps his PTSD demons at bay, he said.

Read more in the Portland Tribune.

Source: portlandtribune.com