This week, the TNQ Podcast brings you the inspiring never-quit journey of Aaron Quinonez – aka “Sgt. Q” – a Marine Corps Veteran, speaker, author, father, and PTSD ambassador.
When he volunteered to build housing for a family in Mexico, Quinonez was so inspired by the experience that he founded the organization, Q Missions, to bring Veterans together to construct buildings around the world and bring mental healing through mission service.
- I grew up with rednecks, hippies, and pot farmers. Everybody I knew growing up was involved in the drug trade.
- To be homeless as a kid is a trip.
- My work ethic came from my mom, struggling to raise four kids as a single mother.
- I was once on the school bus driving thru the pouring rain and saw a lady carrying two garbage bags, and as we passed I realized – it’s my mom.
- You gotta reposition your mindset from negative experiences to find something positive and focus on that, because what you focus on – your brain will find more of.
- If you have one trauma, another trauma will stick to it and eventually become PTSD.
- Your brain is like a weapon – if it’s malfunctioning you do a function check, and you get back in the fight.
- I went from the battlefield to my front door in less than 48 hours, so there wasn’t any out-processing.
- It wasn’t until I could overcome the victim mentality that I was able to get my life together.
- You may have left the battlefield in Iraq, but every day that you wake up and put your boots on the ground, you’re on another battlefield – the battlefield of the mind.
- You can repurpose military tactics to overcome trauma.
- When anxiety hits, the first thing to do is return fire – speak truth:
There’s no real threat;
There’s no real danger:
I’m totally in a safe environment.
Bring yourself out of that emotional state.
- 67% of men in America have admitted they’ve struggled with a mental health crisis.
- You didn’t fight the war alone, so don’t fight PTSD alone. Communicate with people and tell them you’re struggling.