Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jason Todd Galt Has Been FOUND!

I can't even begin to put into words how incredibly, wonderfully, overwhelmingly happy I am to write the following post.  Jason Todd Galt, a hero who served his country in Iraq and received a Purple Heart and who has been missing since September 2010 has been found ALIVE and well.

Here is the message I just received from his mom...
I just want to say to you - GOD BLESS YOU! Through your help and your website I have located my son Jason Todd Galt. You are an angel from God. For 10 months the police nor a private investigator could help me, but from wonderful people seeing his info on your website and calling me I have tracked him down. I left my home in West Virginia and drove all the way out here to Colorado to go to the place someone thought he might be at. He had been homeless for a time. He has found some wonderful people and living in a Sober House for the past several weeks. He is attending AA and NA and trying to recover. He says he becomes paralyzed with fear to speak with people and that is why he never contacted us. I know that a lot of that has also to do with his suffering from PTSD and TBI. He is letting God lead him to recovery. If you can, please take the info off your website about him being missing and maybe let everyone know that he has been found. I will contact some of the people that contacted me directly. This has all opened my eyes to a lot of things. Jason told me that he did not realize until he got to this place that he is not the only one suffering that way. He thought he was alone. I just cannot thank you enough for all you have done and what you continue to do.

May we always remember to keep our mentally and psychologically wounded heroes in our thoughts and minds.  NO veteran should be left to face this world without help and care and the inescapable knowledge that he or she is valued and appreciated by the country they served!

With a happy heart,
Brannan

Brannan Vines
Proud wife of an OIF Veteran
Founder of FamilyOfaVet.com - an organization dedicated to helping heroes and their loved ones survive and thrive after combat with real world info about PTSD, TBI, and more!

9 comments:

  1. Brannan, The FOV website is so incredibly valuable! Thank you for your work for our veterans!

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  2. How wonderful for this family! Time, the program, and the love of God will surely mend this family!
    God bless them all! Vpretz, Gardner, Ks

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  3. I had been reading everyday for this blessing and I am glad it happened! God bless and the road to recovery with prayer and take care of you too.

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  4. THANK GOD AND ALL INVOLVED IN THE WEBSITE--JASON'S AUNT BONNIE

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  5. I've forwarded everyone's comments to Jason's mom. We are just so thankful to have had the opportunity to help this hero and family. It's a GREAT day!

    -Brannan

    Brannan Vines
    Proud wife of an OIF Veteran
    Founder of FamilyOfaVet.com - an organization dedicated to helping heroes and their loved ones survive and thrive after combat with real world info about PTSD, TBI, and more!

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  6. My brother was homeless and missing for some time. We were so thankful to find him as well, he is now on track with his life. But when he lost his car, we didn't hear from him for such a long time. Its such a worry. We are failing these Heroes.

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  7. Anonymous -

    You are exactly right... we are completely failing these men & women who have so bravely served our country. The VA is beginning to make some strides (thankfully) to increase housing, etc., but we've got a LOOOOOONG way to go. I'm SO glad your brother was found!

    -Brannan

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  8. This is for all those that have commented, as well as those who may have a valuable response. I am a veteran who lives with both PTSD and TBI. I had the fortunate opportunity to receive eight months of cognitive rehabilitation and top notch treatment while stationed at Ft. Carson, CO. However, I cannot accept that all of our troops have been able to receive the same level of care that I have. I am no one special when compared to your loved ones who have suffered so much for their country and have, for lack of a better phrase, fallen through the cracks.

    I am currently a psychology major trying to raise awareness of the issues our service men and women are facing through my blog @ http://thesignatureinjury.blogspot.com/, and I am asking for your help to tell me of the concerns you have regarding the treatment of traumatic brain injuries in our troops.

    Please let me know through comments to my blog so that I can research and respond appropriately.

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  9. I just found this post. I was Jason's medic while in Iraq. It was around this time mid-late 2010 when I last heard from him, and always wondered what had happened. I have been wanting to get in touch with him for a number of years. I still do not have any contact information on him. If he and his family is willing to contact me, please pass this post on, and let me know how I can get my information to him, even if I can do it through your organization.

    God bless,
    Dave Marek - Apache Troop 5/7 CAV

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