After seeing story, local mother worries about deployed son

A mother feels the government should be doing more to serve those in uniform.

After seeing 10News' story about Charlie Foxtrot, Angelina O'Hara is even more worried for her oldest son, Tyler.  

"I have a lot of fear," said O'Hara.

"Is he going to come home in one piece, you know, mentally?" O'Hara said. 

From a young age Tyler knew what he wanted to be.

"He wanted to go into the military," said O'Hara.

Now at 23, Tyler is deployed in Afghanistan, where he works in mechanics.

O'Hara said, "That makes me feel safer for him, that he's not on the front line, he's not in infantry. But being over there you never know."

O'Hara believes the government should be doing more for our veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental anguish from the horrors of war.

"My biggest fear is he's going to come home the same person that he left. They fulfilled their requirement and then they come home and they're like 'We need help, this is my problem' and (officials) don't care," said O'Hara.

She says there should be a required mental health evaluation for soliders when returning home.

"They don't train them for a transition back to the real world. They do all this training on how to fight and how to kill people, but they don't train them on how not to kill yourself," said O'Hara.

"I just want him to come back and be a healthy man, have a family and lead a normal life."

She wishes the same for all our veterans because, she says, they deserve it.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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