Family of veteran found in river offers advice in dealing with PTSD

Published: Feb. 21, 2016 at 1:32 PM CST|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The body of a Bossier City man who was reported missing earlier this month was recovered from the Red River Sunday.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol found the body of 33-year-old Bernard Rozell Hall around 7:00 a.m.

Police say the Bernard Hall's body was found in the river near the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway scenic overlook area, just north of McDade Street.

Hall was reported missing on February 10 by family members.

"Anyone out there going through this or dealing with this let it be known, post traumatic stress disorder is a serious illness," said Pamela Hall.

The veteran's mother wants her son's death to raise awareness about the seriousness of PTSD. She hopes that others struggling with the illness will get the help they need in time.

Bernard Hall's 2013 Nissan Sentra was located the following day on the bank of the Red River, not far from where his body was located.

According to Hall's family, the veteran embraced the calm and tranquil surroundings of the river.

"That is where he would go to meditate, exercise and read," said Bernard Hall Senior.

Bossier City police detectives say there's no indication that foul play was factor in Bernard Hall's death.

"Now we know, that brings some sort of closure for us as a family, we can move forward," said Pamela Hall.

The Bossier Parish Coroner's Office will have an autopsy conducted on Bernard Hall's body to determine the cause of death.

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