Some soldiers remain missing in action, while others are held prisoner during their tour of duty. In Paducah, a group chose to honor them by holding a ceremony and discussing issues that veteran today face.
Perhaps the best thing a civilian can do to honor service men and women is to never forget their sacrifice.
That’s what brought Nick George and his son, Hudson, to Paducah. George serve nine years of active duty and went to Iraq twice. The event focused on prisoners of war and those missing in action, but speakers used the ceremony as a chance to highlight problems like PTSD.
George agrees, it’s a real thing. “Those things get ingrained in our minds and they become part of who we are,” he said. He believes ceremonies are important, but so is raising awareness and being there for a friend who has served because he says the transition from war to home is a tough one. “I remind myself that I have a wife and kids that love me. I've got four kids. Everything I did before and everything I do now is to them,” that helps him cope with the memories of war.
Here is a link to government resources if you or someone you know struggles with PTSD.