Memorial Fund

Theresa first met Scotty in Germany 30 years ago during Scotty’s deployment with the U.S. Army. Though their connection did not spark an imidiate long-term relationship, the impressions made a lasting impact on each of their lives. Scotty continued with the Army by serving multiple tours until he was Honorably Discharged in the 90s. After 9/11, Scotty felt the call once again to serve and protect his country and thus re-enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his last tour of duty in Iraq, he endured the pain of losing his brothers and sisters in arms. This took a toll on his body and mind and lead to a 2012 Honorable Discharge.

Upon his return to the states, Scotty and Theresa rekindled their connection.Theresa had found her true love and they married. They spent the past 5 years working towards their dream home. Together, they created and labored over a vast flowerbed, named their Labor of Love. They placed a German coin between the bricks as they built it together, to remind themselves that nothing is impossible. They spent every evening in the backyard, watching the lights twinkling in the garden, grilling food, while dancing to their favorite music, or simply listening to nature.

Though Scotty had found his true love and had returned home adorned with multiple medals for his achievements, he unfortunately suffered from PTSD, as so many of our Veterans face. Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, Scotty would become distraught as he rememebered his brothers and sisters who had given their lives for our country; his Heros.

Three days before the anniversary of September 11th, this year, Scotty took his own life.

This tragedy has devastated Theresa and her family. Since losing Scotty, Theresa is facing a financial hardship and is now at risk of losing their dream home. Let’s band together to provide this broken family with a sense of stability and security during this tumultuous time, so they can heal. Any size donation would be appreciated.

If you, or anyone you know, may be suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, or PTSD, please know there are people out there who love you and are willing to help.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line: text 838255 for a VA responder


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Organizer and beneficiary

Tess Ventress 
Baton Rouge, LA
Theresa McCall 
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