Missing veteran with PTSD found safe in Oklahoma City
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A veteran who was reported missing while traveling to Green Country over the weekend has been found, according to his mother.
Thomas Ian Coady, 31, was found safe in Oklahoma City, according to his mother, Cheryl Briscoe.
Coady was traveling from Eugene, Ore. to Tulsa by Greyhound bus. Briscoe says her son was stopped in Amarillo when he called her in the midst of a PTSD breakdown.
"He was not making sense when he got to Amarillo," Briscoe said. "At one point when he was making sense he said, 'mom I need help, I am having a PTSD breakdown.'"
Like so many other veterans, Coady suffers from PTSD.
"He was in Iraq, he was in Afghanistan, among other things," Briscoe said. "He had a hard time getting reestablished into normal life."
Briscoe says something triggered Coady on that bus ride to Tulsa.
"It was like he was in a different world," Briscoe said. "It was like he went back on the battlefield."
Briscoe hadn't heard from her son since nine p.m. on Saturday, until this afternoon when he was found in Oklahoma City.
"People need to be educated on PTSD," Briscoe said.
Briscoe says Coady shouldn't have been able to get back on the bus in Amarillo in the condition he was in.
"There needs to be more awareness as to what to do with things like that," Briscoe said.
A missing person's report was filed Sunday with Amarillo police. Before he was found, Coady was seen leaving a hospital in Oklahoma City Sunday.
Coady was found Monday afternoon and is now safe with his mother who says she's getting him the help he needs to get back on track.