As a former college athlete, 3-time TBI survivor, combat veteran, and medical industry educator, Beau Chatham brings a unique perspective to the healing of today’s military veterans returning home.
In 2004, Beau took an inventory of his “personal rucksack”, after reading Dr. Charles Hoge’s groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that highlighted the staggering rates of PTSD and TBI in our combat forces engaged in the war on terror. He realized that many of the solutions being offered were ineffective. This was evidenced by the skyrocketing suicide rate of our service members. Having spent the prior 12 years articulating disease states to patients and physicians in the medical industry (and being able to “speak fluent Infantry”), he begin sketching an outline of what he had learned in his 10 year military career as an Infantry officer, as well as his civilian experiences in the medical arena.
He learned early as a civilian that evidence-based methodologies offered the best means of providing a reasonable and predictable result in therapeutic approaches. As a former Airborne Ranger, he also understood that warriors excel with processes and procedures that they can learn quickly through demonstration and rehearsal.
In 2009, Beau established Warrior Life Coach®, an executive coaching practice, to offer transitioning combat veterans an alternative solution to the challenges they faced in a post-combat world. To date, he boasts a 46% reduction in suicidal ideation, along with improvements in relationship satisfaction and improved overall emotional states in combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD/TBI.
His coaching practice currently serves military veterans and first responder clients in the Atlanta area. He also serves as the Peer Liaison to the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center, has provided his services into Cobb County Veterans Court, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Family Warrior Weekend.