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Armed Forces Foundation team draw attention to war’s mental wounds
The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | February 4, 2013 | Charles Oliver

Posted on 02/04/2013 5:20:26 PM PST by GrootheWanderer

Jeff and Paige McDonald and their youngest daughter Brooke stood on the stage of the giant Barrett-Jackson auction in January, watching as bidding began on a custom 1969 Ford Bronco. Funds raised by the auction would help the Armed Forces Foundation, a group that provides services to veterans, particularly those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Paige McDonald recalls the moment as “bittersweet.” She says she was pleased that so many were showing such strong support for America’s veterans. But she says she couldn’t stop thinking of the reason her family had come to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the auction: her son, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher McDonald.

Less that a year earlier, in March 2012, Paige had come home to find that Christopher, a graduate of Southeast Whitfield High School, had taken his life. He was 25.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Georgia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: marine; ptsd; suicide; va
Sorry about the truncated title. Couldn't make the whole thing fit.

Sad story.

1 posted on 02/04/2013 5:20:38 PM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: GrootheWanderer

Surviving the Shadows. Good Book.

2 posted on 02/04/2013 7:27:43 PM PST by huldah1776
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