Our son, our proud Marine, CPL Brandon Meyers carried demons back from his 2 long tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He battled, like a good Marine, for 3 years after retiring home. Then, despite his promise to us, he gave up. He died by suicide June 28th, 2013. He was only 25.
CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards did a wonderful tribute to our son. He asked me during our interview: "How is your heart?"
My answer: "Its dead.”
Here’s the story: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/16/horror-of-ptsd-puts-one-marine-mom-on-a-mission-of-mercy/
Brandon’s tormented mind led him to do ‘sniper duty’ on the roof of our home, and he’d wander our yard ‘securing the perimeter’. His boyhood dream of being a Marine became a nightmare. Yet the V.A. only offered him counseling sessions via teleconference and a concoction of antiquated drugs.
We’ve poured our broken hearts into research and found the highest degree of treatment success can come in the form of a constant companion — a dog, a service dog. Training these PTSD dogs is expensive, up to $15,000 each. In our son’s memory, we’d like to save lives, with an S. Our goal is to fund the training of two to save two lives. This proven method is *not* covered by the government.
100% percent of your money will go directly to this highly specialized dog training. I am currently working on getting the A 501(c) organization tax exempt status. Our foundation will be called "Bubba's Dogs For Warriors" Bubba was Brandons nickname from childhood that followed him through adulthood. Monies will be put into orginizations that train and GIVE these wonderful pets to a veteran free of charge.
Our pain is now a plan. Please help us help others.
On behalf of Cpl. Brandon Meyers, his father, mother, sister and the legion that loved him — God Bless You!
**Every hour, we lose a warrior to suicide.**
Estimates range from 22 to 35 a day. Our one is too many. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/