Drs. Richard and Judie Holmes don’t want another parent to have to deal with the wound of war that devastated their family.
On July 29, 2011, their only son, 28-year-old Richard E. Holmes II, died from a drug overdose. Richard II was an eight year veteran of the United States Army and a student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. After eight years of military service, Richard II returned home and shared with his parents that he had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also shared his problem with drug addiction. Richard II entered an in-patient rehabilitation center, completed the program in four months, and enrolled in school. Just one year later, he lost his battle and became a part of the growing statistics of suicides and self-inflicted fatalities of U.S. servicemen.
On November 11, 2011, four months after their son’s death, the Holmes established the Richard E. Holmes II Memorial Foundation Inc. Its main function is be to be a safety net for those patriots who return home and may be ill-equipped to successfully re-integrate into civilian society.
The foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for our veterans by providing support services and resources. We want to help provide for servicemen and women during their initial year of transition-- before financial compensation begins-- a safety net of gratitude for their services.
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the foundation will hosts its annual its 5th Annual Veterans Memorial Walk at the Columbus Soccer Complex in Columbus, MS. Please consider helping the foundation continues its important work by joining us for the walk or donating here. No amount is too small. We appreciate your support as we strive honor and serve those who have served.