This veteran found healing through driving a Porsche — fast

Why a Green Beret badly injured in Afghanistan wants to change our conversation about PTSD.

Sean Clifton calls his left hand The Hoof because it’s about as effective as one.
Sean Clifton (center) became a Green Beret and trained in Special Operations after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Photo courtesy of Sean Clifton.

He said if I wanted to bail out of the Porsche I should smash the “FIRE MISSILE” button. He hollered when we hit 120 mph.

Clifton prepares to drive his 2006 Porsche 911.
Clifton with his wife, Sarah, and their sons, Scotty, Stone, and Seth. Photo courtesy of Sean Clifton
“Everybody, at some point in their lives, has witnessed, or been part of, or shared a traumatic experience that they reflect on to some degree. It’s nothing that’s ever going to go away,” Clifton says. “That trauma, be it combat or sexual trauma, near-death experience, auto accident or surviving cancer, should not keep you from moving forward.”

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