In Memoriam | Marine Corporal Casey Owens
It is with the utmost sadness that our hero, Marine Corporal Casey Owens, has lost his battle with PTSD on October 15, 2014.
Corporal Casey Owens USMC (Ret.), was born in 1981 in Houston, Texas; a United States Marine, Iraq War veteran, and paralympic athlete.
Corporal Owens deployed for a second tour in Al Anbar Province Iraq August 2004. On Sept. 20, 2004, while responding to a wounded Marine, his vehicle struck two anti-tank mines which resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. In addition to losing both legs, his injuries included a broken jaw and collarbone, shrapnel wounds, collapsed lungs, and blood clots in his lungs.
Corporal Owens had multiple issues to overcome, and became an advocate for the treatment of Veterans, speaking to Congress about how difficult it was for Veterans to navigate the maze of regulations the VA has in place. Corporal Owens struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder despite his many accomplishments, and eventually took his own life.
Please pray for Casey’s family. Casey has been a member of the IAH family for over 9 years, we will always remember, and never forget his beautiful smile, great sense of humor and his service to our country.