But then the nightmares started. He couldn’t sleep. He distanced himself from family. Eventually Sessoms started self-medicating with a bottle of vodka, just to get some sleep.
By that point his daughter told him the obvious: He was in crisis and had post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sessoms, now a pastor at Little Union Baptist Church in Dumfries, was able to get the help he needed, but he wants others to be served as well.
“I was one of the fortunate ones,” he said.