Watch all of Fredricka's face to face interviews with singer/actor Tim McGraw:
Tim McGraw to give free homes to vets
Tim McGraw gushes over wife and kids
Tim McGraw reveals 3 keys to greatness
Links to help a military family:
Building Homes for Heroes
Military Warriors Support Foundation
I know a mother whose only son was in Iraq for 15 months. The mother was divorced when her son was a toddler, so her life is bound up in her only son's life. She raised him as a single mom. He operated a gun on top of a tank in Iraq. He came back and has a very bad case of PTSD. In January he tried to kill himself by overdose of his medication. He was taken by helicopter to St. Cloud, MN and his heart stopped on the way. They were able to revive him and after he tried committing suicide, now he is under their surveillance all the time. I do not know many of the details. I just know the mother has been diagnosed with secondary PTSD because she said her son is not the same son she knew before, since he came back from Iraq. It is a very sad situation. They are looking now for an apartment for him. One of the VA hospital nurses told him he would never be able to work again. I was so angry to hear that she told him this, which was totally unnecessary. He starts crying and tells his mother he can't take it anymore. He goes through different classes etc. and has to move from place to place. He told his mother he is so tired of living out of bags. I personally feel so bad about this and have a firsthand experience of how the veterans face such a difficult situation when they return from the battle field. The soldier's name is Andre Du'Toit. Fredreka, could you give me some connections to Tim McGraw's program. He is doing a great work for the deserving veterans. I don't know exactly how to reach him.
I was already a huge Tim McGraw fan, but now even more so. I am a veteran, and hearing this just makes my heart fill with such joy, and tears come to my eyes. When I got out no one really did anything for veterans or tried to help them, and now it seems like everytime you turn around a vet is getting some kind of assistance I am so proud and happy for them, I was on a ship and before that during 9/11 I was stationed at a land base command so I didn't see any action at all, so I feel a since of pride as I hear of our wounded warriors coming back home, or the spouses of the ones who don't return. So thank you to Operation Homefront and Tim McGraw and all others who are assisting in this project, I know that they appreciate hearing that they have a place to turn to. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!