PTSD, appreciation of veterans highlighted in father’s speech

Photo by Amy Cherry – Poston Wolfel, age 7, helps unveils new plaques to be included in the SMAHS military memorial. Poston’s father, the former U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Adam Wolfel, will be included in the new plaque along with retired USMC Sgt. Major Todd Parisi. Both Marines are SMAHS graduates and succumb to their battle with PTSD by suicide. Also shown in the photo is SMAHS Principal Joe Schlimm.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

During Friday’s veterans assembly at St. Marys Area High School, the father of a local Marine who succumb to PTSD by suicide emphasized the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.
Mike Wolfel is the father of the late former U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Adam Wolfel, who died December 2014.
Wolfel said as a high school student, and even years after, he was unaware of the difference between Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. To him, it was simply another day off of school or work. He noted both of his grandfathers served in World War II, one of whom was shot in the back, which he only realized at age 10.
“Unfortunately I learned the hard way,” Wolfel said.
Only after his son joined the Marines did Wolfel begin educating himself about the military.
“I had to go through those whole stages of not paying attention to veterans, what they mean to us, what they mean to our country, the sacrifices they give. I had to lose my own son to fully, fully recognize that,” Wolfel said.

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