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Soldier took his life, family mourns with anger

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Trevor Gould at 25 years old was an active member of the United States Army out of Fort Hood, Texas.

He was job hunting in his hometown of Fulda, MN, for the summer but would head back to school in Mankato in the fall.

"Everybody loved him. He had a heart of gold. He always wanted to be a leader," Sheri Johnson said.

Sheri Johnson is Trevor's mom. After Trevor served overseas in 2010, his mom said he changed, he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Just last week, he took his life which is fifteen years after his dad took his.

After Trevor died, Sheri looked through his military paperwork and shocked by what she saw.

"I found out he had talked to doctors in the Army saying he was suicidal. They didn't contact me, they didn't send him to help, they just pushed the paperwork through. That's the only way I found out is through military papers," Sheri said.

She's angry because she claims nobody back home was told about what Trevor was going through. Brother-in-law Chad Deblieck was also in the military and tells us it's no surprise that Trevor kept to himself.

"A lot of soldiers that come back and don't acknowledge the issues are involved with PTSD. Trevor was a strong guy, he didn't want to admit there were issues, just like every other soldier is expected to be strong," Chad Deblieck said.

And he believes the Army should have tried to do more.

"There's a lot of help out there. There's just no connection between them lining anything up when he comes home. He was just expected to go out and do it himself, and most of them won't," Deblieck said.

The family says the state of Minnesota never got a copy of Trevor's health records when he returned home. If it had, they believe it could have made a difference.

"There's a huge part of me that's gone, that's just gone and won't come back," Sheri Johnson said.

Sheri's now looking into making a change, which is why the family took part in Saturday's 'Helpline Center's Step Forward to Prevent Suicide'. She believes no family should go through this. And she would give the world to tell her son one more thing.

"I love you baby. Why didn't you come to your mother? I would have turned the world upside down for him but now it's too late," Sheri Johnson said.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, PTSD or shows suicidal signs: contact the Helpline Center 

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