Caring for our Military Heroes
On Saturday morning, January 21, 2012, Interim Chief Richard Badaracco and Senior Officer Denise Pace represented the Corpus Christi Police Department during a panel discussion about our Nations military veterans. Topics that were discussed included the Peace Tree Project of South Texas, and Veterans Village.
The Peace Tree Project of South Texas donates a live tree to surviving family members of soldiers killed. The Project motto: “Strengthening the Roots of America; One U.S. Fallen Hero’s Family at a Time.” The tree is both a gift of thanks and honor, but also a symbol of remembrance. These trees have been donated to families all over the Coastal Bend to include Corpus Christi, Portland, Robstown, Mathis and Orange Grove.
The topic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) included news that WWII veterans coming home from a war zone would live on a military base for a period of about one month, during which time they would re-adjust to life outside a combat zone. Veterans today can be back at their own house within forty-eight hours of being in a combat zone. A lack of ‘decompression’ can enhance PTSD.
Veterans Village, a project started by Nadia McCaffrey who was at the meeting, is a place for veterans to turn when struggling to re-adjust to life at home. “It’s not about politics…the right or the left” McCaffrey said, “it’s about the men and women who served.” McCaffrey’s son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June of 2004. Information about Veterans Village can be found at: http://www.veteransvillage.org/
The purpose of the Saturday morning’s meeting was to bring current veteran topics and issues to the table. In addition to the Corpus Christi Police Department, attendees at the meeting included representatives from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and Del Mar College. Texas Congressman Todd Hunter and Nueces County Commissioner Joe A. Gonzalez were also in attendance.
The Corpus Christi Police Department was honored to be able to participate in such a noble venue.
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