During OIF and OEF deployments 3/8 has suffered many casualties. Many of 3/8 veterans have suffered visible injuries from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Small Arms Fire. However, many have suffered invisible injuries, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Not all of these Marines have an opportunity to connect with other veterans, not to mention their 3/8 brothers, and help to cope with their experiences from the war.
PTSD is one of main issues that has plagued the veteran community. PTSD is something that all combat veterans deal with on a daily basis, and it can sometimes lead a veteran on to a path of despair and helplessness that can result in substance abuse, causing overdoses, or end with the veteran committing suicide. Over the past 10 years, 3/8 has lost many of its brave Marines to both. Many veterans feel alone and distanced from their civilian friends and families as they deal with these issues. Our founder, Bart Skiba, experienced similar issues and recognized that the support from his 3/8 brothers-in-arms helped him in dealing with many post-combat issues.
In 2008, Bart started the 3/8 Weapons Company Reunion for those who served in Fallujah and Ramadi, Iraq. These reunions quickly grew and assisted these Marines to combat PTSD, and other injuries, through closure, support and healing environment, which allowed us to recognize those who were in need of support, whether it was emotional, physical, or financial. Many of our veterans expressed their feeling about these reunions to Bart, and attributed their recovery to these reunions which showed them they were not suffering alone. Since then we have expanded our assistance to other 3/8 Companies. We wish to continue Bart’s tradition and provide financial assistance in reuniting 3/8 companies on an annual basis. Please help our goal and contribute to help reunite these veterans.
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All donations will go to support the Weapons Company Reunion.