Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tragic Outcome of Combat PTSD Veterans

Army vet battled post-deployment demons until childhood friend became casualty of his personal war
The Times Tribune
“To this day, I blame the military for my son’s death as much as I do Matt ... ” Jim Evans said. “I wish there was a way to indict the military. If they would have taken care of Matt when he came home, maybe we wouldn’t be in this position now.”
MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Kimberly and Jim Evans hold a photograph of their son, Mike, and grandson, Michael. Mike Evans tried to help his childhood friend, Matthew Gajdys, after his deployment.
Matthew Gajdys came out of the Army at war with himself.

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he returned to Dickson City in 2012 and struggled to return to civilian life.

He couldn’t find steady work. He was angry, impulsive and drinking more than a case of Coors Light every day. He started bar fights as a release for his frustration. His undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder made him a stranger to his wife. She kicked him out.

Homeless and hopeless, Gajdys was rescued by a childhood friend. Mike Evans opened the Moscow trailer park home he shared with his 8-year-old son to the troubled veteran.

When Gajdys moved in, his demons came with him.

Four months later, Gajdys was in jail and Evans was dead.
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  1. My brother is the one that was killed in this tragic story. My brother tried to help his friend fight through the PTSD. But it has come to light that all the stories of his combat experience were all completely made up, he never saw combat, he just lied and manipulated everyone around him into believing it for his own gain. We asked for leniency at sentencing believing that someone that has experienced the horrors of war while fighting for our freedom deserved a chance to get a second chance. Only problem is he was not someone that deserved it. His old squad mates are the ones who came forward to set the record straight. We are very grateful for them letting us know the truth.

    1. I am so sorry for your loss in this way, not that it is easy in any way. Thank you for sharing that part of this tragic story. Far too many stories of people trying to hide behind something they really don't understand while others really suffer in silence. Until we actually figure out that change has to happen, we'll be reading more stories like yours. Again, my deepest sympathy to you and your family, including those he served with.


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