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9/11 memorial service in Lowden, Iowa honors fallen Marine who suffered from PTSD

LOWDEN, Iowa-- Schneids Bar and Grill in Lowden, Iowa held a memorial benefit, Sunday, September 11, to honor the life of Sgt. Brandon Ketchum.

The 33-year-old Marine from Davenport took his own life earlier this summer, after his longtime battling with PTSD and drug addiction.

U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack attended the bar's memorial event, advocating for more to be done by Congress to get the resources many veterans need after they return home from war.

"Those folks when they come back, we need to have the resources devoted to them so they can be properly diagnosed. So they can get the treatment they need, so that their families don't suffer," says Loebsack.

During the event Ketchum's family also sold key chains and other keepsakes to raise money to build an outreach center for veterans living with PTSD.

The center, called Ketchum's House will be located in Texas.

On Sunday, September 18th  the family plans to participate in the Out of the Darkness walk at the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island.

For more information on the event  email Barb Ploessl at bploes@yahoo.com.