My name is Michael Black. I joined the United States Marine Corps as a Machine Gunner in 2007. I was deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009 then to Afghanistan in 2011. In Afghanistan I was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and was awarded the Purple Heart. Once I got home my wife set up an appointment with the Home Base Program after noticing initial signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to help with the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that I received as a result of the IED blast. Home Base took a very personal approach to helping me recover. They oversaw my two knee surgeries as well as set up back injections for me. While facilitating my physical recovery they also set up a recovery program to address my PTSD and TBI needs. They made sure that my medical needs were addressed without any hesitation. They managed my recovery for a few years until I was medical retired in 2014. They set up a recovery plan so I could continue to try to get the help I needed after I was out of the Marine Corps. The Home Base Program is an incredible organization that helps veterans address and help conquer the invisible wounds of war.