War-Torn Marriage: Family Shattered by TBI, PTSD Picks Up Pieces

“The breaking point came when Sandra Rivera found their 9-year-old son backed against a wall with his arms over his face, shielding himself from her husband’s screaming.

Desperate, she did what is unfathomable for a Marine wife: She called her husband’s commander.

It was a Friday in fall 2010, about a year and a half after Gunnery Sgt. Felix Rivera emerged as the sole survivor of a car bomb in Afghanistan. By the following Monday, he was checked into a mental hospital.

His struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury were ravaging their marriage. Husband and wife had been relegated to patient and caregiver.”…

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West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Morgantown Office: January Schedule

Staff members David Dotson and Rebecca Summers provide counseling and assistance to veterans in Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties who need to file for state and federal benefits.

Beginning in January, staff will be in the Morgantown Field Office 8:30am-3:30pm.
Staff will come to Fairmont the first and third Tuesday each month; Kingwood, the second Tuesday; and Grafton, the fourth Tuesday.  Office hours at these alternate sites have been expanded to 9:30am- 2:30pm.

Jan. 8: Preston County Commission meeting room, Kingwood

Jan. 15: West Virginia Works, Veterans Square, 320 Adams Street., Fairmont

Jan. 22 Taylor County Senior Center, Grafton

Morgantown Field Office will be closed on the previously mentioned Tuesdays of field visits to alternate sites as well as January 1, New Years Day, and January 21, Martin Luther King Day.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with a staff member: 304-285-3480 or 304-285-3481. Please call at least two days prior to when you would like a meeting.