PTSD: A Beloved Brother Loses His Battle, Sister Carries On

A military family member works to spread the word about PTSD, her story was shared through Support Our

My brother Shawn served 15 months in Iraq from 2007 to 2008. He did make it home from the war, but I’m not sure his mind ever left it. He got married, adopted two children, and welcomed another in 2009. But PTSD took over his life, and he lost the battle on Feb 6, 2012. There was a struggle and the gun went off, killing him almost instantly.

I feel we need to get more involved in evaluating the men and women returning from war. Shawn struggled finding work, which I couldn’t understand. A man who knew what HARD work was, a man who picked up a task easily, who strived to always go beyond what was expected. He battled night terrors, and all the guilt associated with coming home after so many of his buddies did not.

I am so thankful he was able to come home. My regret is that our country failed one of our finest, we failed to help him in his time of need. I love you dear brother, and miss you greatly. I have vowed to spread the word about PTSD! Please seek help if you are struggling or know someone who is struggling. God bless our troops.

Elaine Barber
Ogden, IL

PTSD Resources for Veterans, Active Duty

Defense Centers of Excellence Out Reach Center: Call 1-866-966-1020 or email Provides authoritative information and resources 24/7 to Service Members, Veterans, and families, and those who support them.

Military Homefront: Resources for military families including a 24/7 phone line: 1-800-342-9647.

Give An Hour: A nonprofit group providing free mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

National Center for PTSD: additional links to post traumatic stress disorder for the public, veterans, family and professionals.


One Response

  1. Elaine, yuo have exposed the actual situation of your brother, that is due to PTSD.
    It is not impossible to win this war,even if it is more hard, perhaps, than a normal war. Rhis war is against an invisible wound, an invisible enemy. It is a type of war that require to be patient, not to be afraid and to combat the attached stigma, a war wherre one thinks to be won. But this is not and time by time, day by day, the constance will produce positive results. God is near you and now more than evr. with his aid we will win. My thougths, my prayers are for you and your brathers, Elaine, my heart and my mind are your haome Claudio Alpaca

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