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Old 06-15-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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This is the type of thread we all dread.

One of my oldest, dearest friends lost his battle with service-related PTSD and depression this week. He was just 31. He fought so bravely on and off the battlefield. He could just never get all the help he needed.

Now his family is left with the financial burden of burying him and other related expenses. The VA will cover the headstone and flag service, as well as allow the funeral to occur on the base, but as we all know that doesn't even begin to cover the costs. His family (parents and sisters) are all low income and have very little to spare for the expenses of burial, funeral, and other arrangements.

Are there charities or organizations that may help in situations like these? The family has been in touch with the VA and started a GoFundMe, but it absolutely breaks my heart that someone who sacrificed so much for this country has his family fighting for the scraps to bury him with honor.

I live on the other side of the country and aside from sending money and food, all I know how to do is research. Any leads or ideas?

Thank you, and I am so sorry for anyone else facing this tragedy with their loved ones.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:58 PM
 
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I found this:

Financial Assistance for Military Families | American Red Cross
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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This is why I went outside the VA for help.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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Thank you!

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This is why I went outside the VA for help.
He tried. The VA seemed to focus on giving meds rather than actually working through the issues. He found cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be a very effective treatment for PTSD, but he had to go outside the VA to get it. From what he said, his VA in particular was strapped financially due to budget cuts.

Unfortunately, he couldn't afford to keep up on his own. :\

He went into the military hoping it was his ticket out of Alaska and into a career. When he ended up injured and dealing with the mental health impact, he ended up right back in Alaska in a series of menial, physical jobs that further created pain issues, not to mention exacerbated his feelings of worthlessness. It just sucks.
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