Justin Minyard, a (retired) U.S. Army First Sergeant, first developed chronic back pain following a severe back injury during recovery efforts at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Minyard was a first responder at the Pentagon that day, desperately moving huge pieces of rubble and concrete in an effort to find victims. His back issues worsened following a fall during a combat mission.
Justin struggled for years with serious chronic pain and developed a dependence on opiates provided to him as treatment for his pain.
Unfortunately, Justin’s experience as a veteran struggling with chronic pain is far from unique, which is why Tri-State Pain Institute has asked Justin to come to Erie to talk with veterans, their families and friends at a free event Aug. 1. from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will take place at the Ambassador Conference Center, 7792 Peach St.
Learn more about Justin’s story from this ABC News story, first aired in 2014: