Bend Oregon USA is not literally a village by Webster’s dictionary standards. We may not even be called a town anymore since our population explosion in the last decade. But a village we are. When we lost one of ours we wrapped our collective arms around his mother & his family. Because that’s what a village does.
The weekend of 28 November 2015 a mother and brother were traumatized and scarred forever. By no comparison, yet our village was also scarred. I’m sharing globally outside our village because this is NOT an exclusive issue for just Bend Oregon. I’m sharing because I believe passionately that my country is failing our veteran’s of War. Still. I’m sharing in hopes of creating more awareness. Our Veteran’s need prompt and adequate treatments. Now!
*From the Bend Oregon’s Bulletin newspaper.
Veteran who killed himself during traffic stop suffered from PTSD; James Morris sought mental health services for more than 2 years
In the weeks leading up to his death, James Morris went to classes at the local community college. He played video games with his younger brother. He watched “Jeopardy” with his grandma. All the while, a gun Morris had stolen from his grandma’s house was stashed in the glove box of his 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The 27-year-old knew he wanted to kill himself, he just didn’t know when.
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