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Texoma veteran loses battle with PTSD

Sherman-Ada KXII logo Sherman-Ada KXII 2/26/2020 Emily Tabar
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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) Joshua Lee Knight is from Howe. He began serving in the army in 2001, and was deployed to Iraq from 2002 to 2003.

"He was a wonderful father and a wonderful husband, and he struggled with mental health issues, PTSD from the military. He spent a lot of time seeking mental health services through the VA," said Joshua's wife of 4 years, Felicia Knight.

Felicia Knight served in the army from 2008 to 2012.

"It was hard for me to understand because I'm also a veteran and I didn't experience the things that he experienced," she said.

Joshua lost his battle to PTSD earlier this month.

"And I know that that took a really, really heavy toll on him; it was too much. It was too much," said Felicia.

She says they didn't hear about other local services for veterans, like the VFW and Military Veteran Peer Network, until it was too late.

"We just went primarily through the VA, and you know that's very hectic in its own way. Very disappointing and I think that the VA failed him in a lot of ways," said Felicia.

Penny Poolaw is coordinator with the Military Veteran Peer Network and began the Walker House in Denison less than a year ago.

Poolaw says there are many veterans who endure PTSD. The Walker House specializes in peer support for veterans with PTSD. Their programs are provided through the Texoma Community Center.

"Linking the veterans with services and resources that they need to help them be able to better transition and function," said Poolaw.

Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison is accepting donations for his services.

"Supporting them and showing them that they're loved no matter what they're going through and they're not alone, and that there's always, always somebody there. There's always somebody there, and they don't have to go through anything alone," said Felicia.

If you are a veteran suffering with PTSD, do not suffer alone. Reach out for help to the Veteran's Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 Option 1. You can find more information about the Military Veteran Peer Network on their Facebook page.

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