AFTER ACTION REVIEW
"CSM(R) Tom Satterly and his wife, Jennifer, were the highlight of the briefing...
Tom and Jennifer have worked together to achieve recovery from his post traumatic stress injury. The wrong diagnosis was a barrier to effective treatment, but it was a barrier that they were able to overcome together.
Tom and Jennifer's powerful and courageous story brought additional Congressional allies to the fight to improve the diagnostic system."
“When Tom spoke to Seal Team 8, his experience in leadership, Combat, and PTS were evident. He shared many lessons learned over his years from Somalia to current events that are still unfolding. These lessons are vital for the newest members of our team as well as the leaders.
The Commander stated to Tom following his speech, "This is exactly what I needed to hear.”
It was evident that he has a passion for helping others, and his experience and leadership are priceless for anyone wanting to learn from Tom's success and admitted mistakes from his past.
His focus on PTS and caring for the sailors and their families, both active and retired, shows his dedication to continued service. His topics were on point and address the many issues facing our Armed Forces. The Team was engaged the entire time and we look forward to having him back soon.
SOCM (SEAL) ROBERT REED
OPERATIONS MASTER CHIEF
“As a U.S. Marine Veteran, I am always honored and humbled to meet fellow veterans who continue to serve our beloved nation long after retiring from the military. Command Sgt. Major Tom Satterly was no exception to this when he spoke to our audience during Tennessee Veterans Business Association’s 2018 Keynote Dinner in January. Mr. Satterly is the true definition of an American hero wanting to make a difference in our great nation by bringing to the forefront the potentially-catastrophic effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the modern-day American war hero and the effects it has on his or her family.
Mr. Satterly and his wife Jen, who so eloquently brought to the audience her unique perspective of the effects of war from a spouse’s eyes, made a lasting impression about service and sacrifice. What a humbling night to remember.”
U OF NC
CSM Satterly did an outstanding job of making the realities of combat apparent for our Cadets. He emphasized the importance of training, and for Cadets to understand that we train to a standard, not to please our superiors, but because we have responsibility for our Soldier's lives.
CSM Satterly also made an important impression on our Cadets that mental health is serious, and leaders should not be ashamed to seek help for a real problem like PTS which is responsible for the loss of life for so many veterans each day.
Our Cadets thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and hopefully, we can make this part of a long-lasting relationship in the future.