82-year-old Colorado Springs veteran overcomes PTSD by skydiving

Victor Gelner copes with PTSD by skydiving! Photo courtesy Starbucks Stories.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs veteran is being recognized nationally through The Starbucks Story article was written by Jennifer Warnick and Joshua Trujillo."Starbucks Stories."

Victor Gelner, 82, is overcoming PTSD through skydiving. Click here to read the full story from Starbucks. A viewer reached out to 11 News hoping we could share the story locally.

The U.S. Army veteran experienced decades of significant PTSD stress after serving in Vietnam beginning in 1962 – night sweats, flashbacks, bad dreams, hypervigilance, irritability and even suicidal thoughts.

According to Starbucks Stories, Gelner was at the Starbucks Military Family store near Fort Carson when he overhead younger veterans discussing their own struggles with mental health. They mentioned how skydiving made it easier to cope, and that's where Gelner got the idea.

He's now been skydiving for five years. There have been multiple trips where some of his favorite Starbucks baristas have tagged along.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

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