In Honor of Fallen Marine, Fundraiser Aims to Help Veterans with PTSD

Car show, online fundraiser to benefit Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors.

A July 19 car show is behind held in honor of Cpl. Brandon "Bubba" Meyers. Credit: GoFundMe.com
A July 19 car show is behind held in honor of Cpl. Brandon "Bubba" Meyers. Credit: GoFundMe.com
Three years after returning home from two tours in Iraq, Cpl. Brandon Meyers lost his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Now, the family of the Plainfield Marine is working to help save other veterans like him.

Meyers was just 25 when he took his own life on June 28, 2013. 

"He carried many demons back with him and fought them for over 3 years after returning home," mom Wendy Meyers said. " ... Our mission now is to help other Veterans suffering from the same demons that Brandon fought."

Dubbed "Bubba" by family and friends, Brandon spent countless hours working on cars with his dad, David. 

A July 19 car show is being held in his honor to raise money to help Palos Heights-based Paws Assisting Wounded Warriorsprovide service dogs to other vets with PTSD.

"We know now that these men and women can be saved," Wendy wrote on a GoFundMe page for the event. "Owning a service dog, trained for PTSD can save their lives! My son is too late for this..but it is our mission now to help as many as we can."

The Cpl. Brandon Meyers Memorial Car Show is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at The Foundry, 85 Executive Drive near the Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

All show/classic/muscle cars are welcome. The event will include participant judging, awards and a 50/50 raffle.

The cost of admission is $20 ($15 for those who have served in the armed forces). One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit PAWWS.

For more information, text 630-957-7181. 

Donations can also be made online via a GoFundMe page created in Brandon's honor.

Editor's note: Due to the weather, this event has been rescheduled from July 12 to July 19.
PfieldJim July 12, 2014 at 07:45 PM
PAWWS seems to be an outstanding organization, working to help those who suffer from injuries that are often unnoticed or overlooked. PTSD can have a life-changing impact on many of our brave men and women. I applaud this soldier's parents for their efforts to raise awareness and aid other families who are also affected by PTSD. Companion dogs have proven to be very helpful for many people. I have personally worked to raise awareness and funds for our military and their families through Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Project. We can never do enough for those who did so much, and sacrificed, for us. To John Roberts and Eric Blair, I am curious when you served in the military. What branch of the service were you in? You claim to know so much about it, and what servicemen think. Are you one of the brave who stood and pledged to "protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic"? Somehow, I doubt you are. It is easy to proclaim your hasty generalizations and assumptions as your own "truth" when you have not been there. When you have not experienced military life, you don't truly know what it is like or what motivates those who were there. I am proud to have served this great country in the United States Air Force from 1985-1992. My father, my uncle, my brother, my step-son, my daughter, and my son-in-law can all say they proudly served as well. We did so for various reasons, but each with its own merit, not just for "college tuition". Ultimately, I am glad that we (and so many others) have served to protect the freedoms you have to speak so loudly and criticize others. But, please, unless YOU have been there, DO NOT attempt to tell the world what motivates any young man or women to enlist, what we believe in as members of the military, or how our experiences may have affected us (physically or emotionally).
John Roberts July 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Hey jim everyone of my uncles,everyone of my family,everyone of my friends, especially the one who was in vietnam who has episodes like he's being attacked and hiding in the bushes, yeah that really happens, then having to deal with the VA hospitals each month "forgetting" to order diabetic medications,heart medications after EACH and EVERY single one of them had to deal with this ...APART from wanting to take their own lives...ALL of them said it was not worth it..This young man is a prime example of not being worth it....Serving to defend country yes...fighting a hitler sure...but know this...this man took his life for the things that were done against his morals.....Just like the rest of them.Listen to your Vets when they speak...dont just hang a yellow ribbon,have some parade,give them a dog.....LISTEN to them when they say things like.."THe war isnt worth it"...."Were not changing a thing it all remains the same"..When they came on Youtube wanting to come home and started speaking out against the war then started to get into trouble for it.....Listen to them when they told AMERICA they are not allowed to VOTE..The very right they are supposedly fighting to protect. Listen when they say we "Americans are just robbing citizens over there and doing what ever they want to anyone they want.....When this happens they do not "Rat "out their fellow soldiers so any actions as a group reflects on them weather involved or not because doing nothing is being involved..so it goes directly against their morals...I have sat and watched vets have flashbacks while fishing,watched vet tear up when telling something that reminds them of the war....I dare not say who or what they did...Lets lust say...I listened when they said after they enlisted they understood..they meant nothing and the whole "go America" was bull..war is all about business....From our soldiers having to sit face to face with other governemts that they know are directly reporting to the terrorists to kill more Americans....I listened when they said they all wanted to come home and that a Government poll guggested that 75 to 85% during the bullcrap "Presidential Elections" and maybe even this Soldier here was supporting and going to vote for Ron Paul which prompted Obama to pass the "Soldiers are not allowed to vote not appear at campaings,nor speak at podiums for any candidate" Then brought a wounded worrier and his mother to speak on his behalf....I almost bet this SOldier was voting for Ron Paul...like his fellow Soldiers...
John Roberts July 13, 2014 at 12:47 AM
I watched Hines hospital and what they put some of my friends through...I know every single one of my vet friends that faught in a war were the ones that told me and convinced me and i Quote.."You can defend America in America we need to protect it from ourselves first" We need to fix whats here first" "All the money wasted wasting time killing people who just come back with the same mentallity year after year we could have America looking like a palace" "I killed people...and all they gave me for it was a medal & a hard time" referring to the VA hospitals.
Kathy rios July 13, 2014 at 08:26 AM
These service dogs are highly trained intuitive creatures who have the proven ability to assist people suffering from PTSD. I've read the testimonials.


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