Veteran’s Town Hall in Marblehead was packed with former soldiers sharing stories of survival and life after combat. It was the brainchild of Congressman Seth Moulton—a veteran himself.

Kevin Flike served 2 tours in Afghanistan as an army green beret. He stood before a crowded room and recalled many sleepless nights. “I think I’ve never been more afraid in my entire life when I first went over there because everything is foreign to you,” he says.

Flike says he was shot during a ten hour fire fight in 2011—and in that moment it clear to him why he and other soldiers were there. “When I looked up one of the afghans that i had trained for two years risked his life and came out and dragged me behind cover.”

Flike says he has undergone several surgeries but shares his story so other veterans know they are not alone.