My cousins name is Zack Potter, and he served in the United States National Guard, and Army from 2[phone redacted].
His first deployment was in 2004, and he was stationed near Bagdad, Iraq. He helped train the Iraqi police force, he was an MP, and also a humvee truck driver. One of his best friends was injured by a suicide bomber during this tour.
While Zack was in Iraq, his dad and family fought tirelessly to make sure that the men and women overseas were able to get the supplies that they needed. Zack's dad, Tim, spearheaded an effort to make sure that every solider was able to carry "quick clot" with them. He spent hours and hours, and talked to many people, congressmen, and people alike to support his son and fellow troops. It was a running joke while Zack was deployed, that there was a dad in Michigan causing quite a ruckuss trying to get quick clot to all the soldiers in combat zones.
The second time that Zack went back to Iraq, he volunteered to go. And spent about 8 months to year there, as the chaplains assistant.
He came home from Iraq in May 2008.
He was honorably discharged due to the medical condition of PTSD, which he suffered from after he came home from his first tour in Iraq.
Zack took his own life on January, 9th 2014, after an 11 year battle with PTSD.
We are raising money to help with the funeral costs incurred to the family. And the left over money will be donated to, Michigan Wounded and Returning Warriors.
We are also trying to gain awareness for PTSD, and that there are thousands of men and woman that need our help, be the voice that they don't have, please contact whoever you can about trying to find the funds to rehabilitate the veterans that are coming home with this horrible disease.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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