For military personnel, perhaps the only thing tougher than active duty is the transition to civilian life. Josh Lewis is a veteran of that battle. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps and was deployed four times. In the warzone, instincts and training take over. “Marines don’t think about themselves,” he says. “We have to keep fighting for our brothers.” But how do you leave the warzone behind without the support of the brotherhood you’ve come to rely on? How do you adjust to a civilian lifestyle when you’re accustomed to constant life-or-death situations?
Josh returned home to launch a career in global business, and he enrolled in the SMART program to improve his brain’s performance. “It was really hard for me to stay focused. The civilian world doesn’t replicate the adrenaline-pumping environment I knew overseas.” SMART taught Josh how to prioritize, and he began noticing he was more productive and solving more complex problems in the civilian world. “I could feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day,” Josh says.
The warzone also left Josh with chronic headaches so severe he would lose vision and short-term memory. “A headache would take me out for days. After the SMART program, the headaches diminished drastically.” Josh sees the SMART program as a workout for his brain, providing the training it needs to stay healthy and strong against the stresses and challenges of everyday life.
Former U.S. Marine