Dr. Howard Somers is pictured with his son Sgt. Daniel Somers and wife Jean in this undated photo. Daniel took his life in June 2013.
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury may find support and resources at a Liberty Station event in Point Loma Saturday.
Organizers of the event, Operation Engage America, hope to bring together veterans who need help and their families with the resources available from health and military organizations in San Diego County.
Jean and Howard Somers founded the event after their son Daniel, an Iraq war veteran, committed suicide in 2013 after suffering from PTSD. This is the second year his parents will host the event.
“The aim is to assist those with the problems,” Howard Somers told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. “We know it isn’t just our veterans. We have so many people in our communities who suffer from these issues.”
Jean Somers said veterans need that “personal touch” to reconnect them to civilian life after experiencing violence.
Drew Lucas, a Marine veteran who suffers from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury, agreed. He said the isolation he felt after returning from war was the hardest part about transitioning.
“Unfortunately, war is not the hard part,” Lucas said. “What will turn you over the edge is the isolation.”
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Station Conference Center at 2600 Laning Road.
For more information, go to operation-engage-america.org/san-diego.html.