Marine remembered as family fights back against PTSD

Cpl. Eric Hall (Source: Family Photo)
Cpl. Eric Hall (Source: Family Photo)

By Maira Ansari - bio | email

JEFFERSONVILL, IN (WAVE) - It's been more than a year now since Kentuckiana lost a Marine who fought in Iraq. Saturday, more than a hundred people joined to honor Corporal Eric Hall and to raise awareness about a serious condition that affected him and countless others who serve our country.

Eric Hall of Jeffersonville went missing early last year from his aunt's home in Florida.      Shortly after he disappeared his body was found in a drainage pipe. Hall suffered injuries and from post traumatic stress disorder after returning from Iraq in 2005.

Saturday, those who shared his love of motorcycles came out to remember him and try to help others who suffer from the same troubles.

"Eric loved to ride motorcycles," said Eric's Mom, Becky Hall.  "Many of the people that helped me search for Eric in Florida were bikers and Vietnam Vets."

"As a Vietnam vet, I had to support it," said Chip Newman of Elizabeth, IN.  "I just wish there was more support at home than what there is.  These guys put it on the line every day.  Unless you have been there and walked that mile you've got no idea what they are going through."

Becky Hall and her husband, Kevin, want everyone to know about what their son Eric battled: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"For the 2 1/2 years that he lived after he was hurt.  He was in constant pain.  He slept rarely.  He had lots and lots of flashbacks," said Hall.  "Some of the response that we see from the people coming back, they don't act like the man that left or the woman that left because they are not.  They have gone through enough trauma in their lives to last them a lifetime."

The goal for the bike run was to raise $5,000.  Money raised will go to develop a resource center to help veterans to deal with post traumatic stress disorder.   For more information, click here.

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