Issac Sims (left) and his father, Adrian Sims, both suffered from PTSD after serving in the military.
Issac Sims (left) and his father, Adrian Sims, both suffered from PTSD after serving in the military. Courtesy of the Sims family
Issac Sims (left) and his father, Adrian Sims, both suffered from PTSD after serving in the military. Courtesy of the Sims family

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