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Richmond Army veteran wins 2 gold medals at Invictus Games

Posted at 8:56 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 20:56:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond Army veteran is going home happy after winning two gold medals at the Invictus Games in Orlando. The Invictus games are an International Paralympic-style competition for wounded veterans.

Retired Army Sergeant Monica Southall took home gold medals in the shot put and discus competitions. In all, she competed in Track & Field, Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugby competitions.

Southall returned from Afghanistan in 2009 and has since battled post-traumatic stress disorder.

She talked with CBS News correspondent Don Champion about what the games meant to her.

“Participating in the games helped me open up,” Southall explained.

She participating with all the other veterans from around the world helped her help.

This year the Invictus Games focused on the emotional wounds many veterans struggle with years after their service. Southall said disorders like PTSD are often misunderstood.

Retired Army Sergeant Monica Southall

Retired Army Sergeant Monica Southall

“They don’t see the anger or the rage or the flashbacks, the nightmares and because you don`t see it or because somebody is walking around and seems like they’re okay you feel like they’re okay, but they’re not.”

This is why there has been a recent push to get more wounded veterans involved who have suffered from the disorder.

The last day of the 2016 Invictus Games is Thursday, May 12.