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Army Sergeant Oscar Smith

Army Sergeant Oscar Smith joined the military out of Mississippi in 1994 because he said he wanted to serve his country and provide for his family. He was honorably discharged in 2016.

Sergeant Smith served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout his more than two decades of service, extensive time spent in combat zones and the loss of close friends has left him with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder and sleep disorder. He also suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

His physical injuries include diverticulosis and diverticulitis, a left knee meniscal tear, right knee tendonitis and rupture in 2006 while in Iraq. He also suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), obstructive sleep apnea, migraines, degenerative arthritis of his right hand and spine, and a tailbone fracture.

The years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought PTSD among military personnel to the attention of the American people like never before. Blast waves from explosions rattle the brain and can cause traumatic brain injuries which are often linked to PTSD. Most PTSD sufferers repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. While the condition varies from person to person, more and more studies have linked PTSD with chronic depression and suicidal ideation.

For his service to his country, Sergeant Smith has been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with Three Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2x), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Sergeant Smith, his wife Jennifer, and their five children will be gifted a mortgage-free home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.