Howard and Jean Somers spoke today at what they say is the first inaugural resource, education and awareness event for Veterans and their families struggling with post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
The Somers' youngest son, Daniel, was a CA Army National Guardsman who took his own life last year after struggling for years with PTSD and TBI. They said that they felt it was their mission to bring focus to these issues for Veterans and their families, as well as for FIrst Responders. "While there are many organizations in our community that assist with PTSD and TBI, there is no single place where one can look to find the resources." They hope to continue to expand the reach of their organization across the county, as organizations are different in every community.
Currently, the event is held in San Diego and Des Moines.