When Army Spc. Sean LaPersonerie was deployed to Iraq, his mother Marie worried about his well-being. When he returned to his Copiague home 14 months later, the concerns multiplied.
"He was emotional, angry, breaking things," she said. "We didn't know what to do with him." She feared he was suicidal. "I would check the garage to see if he was hanging in there," she said.
Sean was suffering from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, his mother says, but he refused to seek assistance, and his family watched as his behavior spiraled out of control. Now, Marie LaPersonerie is working with Babylon Town to help others struggling with a loved one with PTSD.
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