THE BRADY OBERG LEGACY
In November of 2015, the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation was established. It was formed by a group of people who loved Brady, grieved for him and wanted to stop this tragedy from happening to others. Eleven people connected to Brady; his wife, mother, father, sister, brother, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and four friends formed the Board of Directors. Some of the Board members are veterans and several other veterans attend the monthly meetings to give their input and advice. The Foundation was established under the auspices of the Dakota Medical Foundation, enabling its Board to focus on the Foundation’s goals.
The goals were chosen because of their direct connection to Brady. After his return to civilian life, he tried counseling, but felt that those who tried to help him “really didn’t get it”. He believed that counselors who hadn’t been in combat can’t understand the mind of a combat soldier and that the best counseling came from time spent with fellow soldiers. Thus, the idea of soldier retreats became one of our goals along with providing scholarships to combat veterans wishing to go into the mental health field to help other soldiers. His strong belief in education reinforced the idea of scholarships. Our ignorance of PTSD prompted the goal of PTSD awareness. We work hard to inform the public, especially spouses and families, about the signs, effects and how to get help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our hope and mission is that these goals will lead to “Happy, Healthy Lives for our Combat Veterans!”