NAPLES, Fla. - Nearly 5 years have passed since Sgt. Ty Carter ran through enemy fire to rescue a wounded soldier.
Since then, he's earned a Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts and told his story hundreds of times.
"Everytime I tell people my story, it's still painful for me," Carter said.
But he does it anyway, hoping his example lets other veterans know sometimes the worst combat wounds are the one you can't see and ofter emerge after you've left the battlefield.
"I got into this spiral pattern of anxiety and depression," Carter said, noting the guilt he felt after the soldier he risked his life to save eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Carter recognized and sought help for his Post Traumatic Stress and has made it his mission to encourage others to do the same.
Saturday, a program called Home Base, which is a joint effort between the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital gathered veterans and Red Sox players for a golf scramble. Carter spoke at the event, which served as a fundraiser and an awareness-raiser for PTS and traumatic brain injury.
"When they do ask (for help), we want to be there for them," said Retired 4-star U.S. Army General Fred Franks, a Naples resident and honorary director of Home Base. "They've earned that with their inspiring, no-quit performance on the battlefield."
By sharing his story, Carter also wants to let those suffering through Post Traumatic Stress they are not alone.
"You may not understand what you're going through. You may not even believe you're going through a high form of post traumatic stress. Listen to your family. Listen to your friends.. They know you. They have seen the change," Carter said.
In the end, he sees asking for help as a sign of strength, not weakness.
Learn more about Sgt. Carter's story here.
For more information about the Home Base program and how to help out, visit the website here.