We are proud to announce our newest charity partner, the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation! Their mission is to promote a happy and healthy life for combat veterans, raising awareness about PTSD. The foundation is named for Brady Oberg, a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After courageously serving overseas Brady suffered from PTSD, and had a very difficult time adjusting to the civilian world. In August of 2015 he took his own life.
It is sometimes hard to articulate just how deeply someone has touched your life, or someone you love. Our connection to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation began in 2014. My Dad (a Korean War Veteran) was chosen to do an Honors Flight to Washington D.C. The program pairs up Veterans with a Guardian (or as I like to say, a Guardian Angel). Brady’s wife Katie was chosen as the Guardian for my Dad. Brady was also a Guardian that day, for another Veteran. What a cool thing for a young couple to do together! Not only to take a day off of work, and be the daylong companion for a Veteran, but they also had to pay for their own way.
After the trip my Dad could not stop talking about what a wonderful “young gal” Katie was! She took excellent care of him the entire day. Even after the trip Katie would send my Dad cards and letters, gifts for special occasions and call him. Dad beamed whenever he heard from Katie, and we loved the special connection they had made. I was very happy when I got to meet Katie and Brady at the post-flight dinner. Dad was right…they were a very nice couple, and we got along instantly.
My Dad’s health started to decline in the late Summer of 2015. A couple months later he received a long letter from his friend Katie, with the devastating news that Brady had taken his own life. We knew all too well what she was going thru, as one of my brothers had done the same a few years earlier.
It was a natural fit to add the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation as a charitable partner to Medical Monkeys. As noted on their website “PTSD haunts the lives of many of our veterans that have served our nation throughout history and their families. Help us continue his legacy by raising awareness.” Donations to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundations help provide scholarships and grants for combat veterans wanting to start a career in counseling fellow veterans.