Local mother honors her fallen hero for Memorial Day weekend
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this weekend, one mother is remembering her son who lost another kind of battle.
Among the hundreds of graves at Rose Hill Cemetery, Angie Young stands at the grave of her son, Private Cody Young.
"He loved life and loved his friends and family, and loved any chance to party, like on Memorial Day or Fourth of July," she said.
Cody's goal in life was to serve his country.
He served a nine-month-long tour in Afghanistan before he was honorably discharged for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury.
But coming home wasn't easy.
"He was different," Angie said. "He was more distant. He still, to an extent, was still Cody but you could tell he saw stuff."
For two years he suffered with PTSD.
"There were times he would want to hang out with his friends and times you wouldn't hear from him for a week or so," Angie said.
In 2014, Cody was fatally shot by police.
"That was kind of like a nightmare," Angie said.
Officers were called to his apartment because neighbors complained of someone firing a gun.
"He was having a PTSD episode," Angie said.
Cody shot at police and officers fired back, hitting and killing him.
Since then, Angie strives to make others aware of the disorder.
"If you need help, go get it before it is too late," she said.
Cody's grave is decorated for Memorial Day.
"Memorial Day is to remember our fallen heroes, and Cody would agree with that, but he would still be out there at the barbecues and pool parties enjoying life to the fullest," Angie said.
She asks everyone to remember her son and those who have served or are currently serving, every day, not just on this holiday.
"They are the reason that we are free and get to enjoy all of this," Angie said.