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Saturday, February 16, 2013

New announcement: Educating about PTSD after soldier takes his life

Educating about PTSD after soldier takes his life

Country music concert organized in memory of Chris Bourque
Reported by Chris Mangatal
First Posted: Feb 15, 2013 12:24pm

A group of local musicians are getting together tonight to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"The Heart of Country" is a country music concert organized in memory of Chris Bourque.

"We want to raise awareness. That's the main focus and also to help the family out in this devastating time," said event organizer Mark Friesen.

Bourque died late last year, leaving behind his wife and two daughters.

"We lost Chris back in November due to his service in Bosnia and Afghanistan, tragically he took his own life due to the effects of PTSD."

"I worked with Chris for the past seven years. He was a correctional officer at the psych centre."

Friesen had previously been to an event held by the Wounded Warriors, a non-profit group dedicated to providing mental health and other services to returning soldiers.

He decided to draw on that experience to help the Borque family.

The event goes Friday night at the Broadway Theatre, doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

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