Thursday, February 23, 2012

Corporal James M. Dixon III, survived 3 tours in Iraq, passed away at home

Some will read this and not notice what a powerful obituary this is.

Corporal James M. Dixon III, 30 of Baxley, Ga. died Sunday, February 19, 2012 at his residence from events related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder received while serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps with 3 tours in Iraq. He was a Purple Heart Recipient in addition to the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Meritorious Mast, Navy Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He graduated from Appling County High School in the top 3 in his class and went on to Georgia Southern University to receive a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He enjoyed his friends, dog, nieces and military family.

This family lost someone they loved, but also someone they were proud of and unashamed to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That's powerful. 30 years ago when I got into all of this, no one was talking about PTSD, as if there was anything to be ashamed of. We've come this far from there and it is a wonderful thing. Combat PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of!

Someone sent this in an email and it is very moving.

Here's the story on what happened

Another Marine Iraq Veteran with PTSD shot by SWAT team