Family of Veteran who suffered from PTSD remember him this Labor Day weekend
(WDAY/WDAZ News) - A local family is trying to turn a tragic situation into a light for others, using this Labor Day weekend as a way to help Veterans across the country.
"It was devastating. It hit you like a truck. You never expect it to happen," said Claude Anthoney Garcia, Staff Sgt.
22 veterans commit suicide every day.
"It's hard. You think about him all the time, every day," said Russell Oberg, Brady Oberg's Dad.
That statistic is a harsh reality for the Oberg family.
"It's been horrible. It's been a whirlwind of a year," said Katie Oberg, Brady Oberg's wife.
Brady Oberg was a combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Last August, he took his own life while suffering from PTSD.
He was just 27 years old.
"We want to bring awareness and help people understand the reality of it," said Katie Oberg.
Shortly after Brady's death, his family started the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.
"We want to turn something that's horribly negative and tragic in our lives into something that can maybe be a positive for somebody else," said Katie.
Their mission is to raise awareness.
"They've lost more guys since they got home from PTSD than they lost in Afghanistan," said Russell Oberg.
This Labor Day weekend they promoted a happy and healthy life for combat veterans.
Veterans from all over the county who served in the same platoon as Brady Oberg five years ago were brought here to this cabin for Labor Day weekend at no cost to them.
They enjoyed four wheeling, pheasant hunting, boating and just being together again.
"I couldn't imagine something better than this. Like, I had expectations. But this completely blew it out of the water. This helps all of us in a way that you guys can't even imagine," said Garcia.
The veterans say the weekend is therapeutic and a way to remember Brady.
"You could never have a greater love for another person than I think that I had for him," said Garcia.
The foundation says they'll do this again next year with plans of being bigger and better.
If you would like to learn more about the foundation or donate, click here.