Ameen is one of the subjects in the U.S. Pain Foundation’s Invisible Project (www.InvisibleProject.Org), a traveling photojournalistic showcase of the day-to-day experiences of real people with chronic pain and illness. The goal is to make visible the challenges associated with chronic pain that are often hidden behind the wall of hospitals, bedrooms and the confines of our minds. – Excerpted with permission from PainPathways Magazine.
When Ahwatukee resident Anthony Ameen returned from serving overseas in 2008, challenges were still ahead for the Marine Corp veteran. Despite serving with the 2nd Battalion/7th Marines — 1st Marine Division, with whom he saw action nearly every day before an improvised explosive device cost him his most of his left leg, he nonetheless faced immense difficulty getting the medical treatment and financial compensation that should have been afforded to him by his service.
Anthony Ameen is a combat veteran. Having served our country from 2002-2010 as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman, Anthony is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor Distinction and two Good Conduct Medals. For the past seven years, he has lived with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as chronic pain from the injuries he sustained overseas.