Jeb Stuart Downing

Birth:                         June 30, 1968.
Death:                       June 3, 2017.
Cause of Death:          Suicide (PTSD).
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L/TC Jeb Stuart Downing (Ret)
US Army - GWT
14 June 2017, Wednesday
Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Spanish Fort, Alabama

Fellow Riders,

It is with heavy heart that I must inform you that America has lost another True American Hero.

The family of L/TC Jeb Stuart Downing has requested that the Patriot Guard Riders ESCORT and STAND a Silent Flag for their loved one, who passed away at the age of 48. He is a graduate of West Point and the son of Col Pat Downing, a Commissioner with the USS Alabama Battleship.

His awards and commendations include:
--> Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star,
--> Bronze Star Medal (2nd award),
--> Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award),
--> Army Commendation Medal (3rd award),
--> Army Achievement Medal (4th award),
--> Valorous Unit Award,
--> Army Superior Award,
--> NDSM (2nd award),
--> Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
--> Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
--> and many others.

He received an Honorable Discharge.

We shall ESCORT Mr. Downing from Wolf Bayview Funeral Home, 27409 US 98, Daphne, AL at 9:15 a.m. to ASVMC for his committal at 10:00 a.m.

LEO - Yes, Honor Guard - Yes.

Please Bring Bike Flags.

Mr. Downing stood many a hard day and night so that we may be safe and free. Now it's our turn to Stand and Honor Him for his service and sacrifice. Ride Safely.

Posted By Sara, Jeb's Wife, in October 2017
I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for your overwhelming kindness, love, and generosity. I am beyond touched. Quite frankly I am still truly floored.

I am so grateful that so many of you, like me had the pleasure of having Jeb enter your life at some point along this crazy journey we call life!

For those that did not know him...well he had a pretty amazing personality. He was kind, loving, and privately very sensitive with an amazing heart. He was a good man.

He was somehow one half soldier/leader, and the other half straight up Jim Morrison! Although his doppelganger is Black Flag's Henry Rollins. He had an ear for amazing music, and like me a sick sense of humor. He was incredibly smart and an amazing writer.

He also suffered from combat PTSD from his time serving in OIF & OEF. He expected the impossible for himself which perpetuated feelings of failure and shame. He was anything but that. I truly wish that he could have seen himself through my eyes. However, even up until days before his death he was adamant about completing his PhD dissertation - an auto ethnography on the many different ways of getting help and healing from PTSD. He said so many times that he wanted to evoke change so others would not suffer in ways he had. I wanted nothing more than to help him see this to fruition, so he too could heal and we could then grow old together. I have some peace knowing he is no longer in pain...the war is finally over. However....

For me it has just begun. Most of you all know my passion for PTSD awareness. I cannot let his death be in vain, and I am going to continue to fight, and advocate to evoke the change he (we both) wanted to see happen. I tell him everyday that I hope to make him proud.

The stigma of shame must stop.

I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart thank you all for the love, kindness and generosity you have shown me. I am blessed and grateful beyond words. I wish you all love and light!

With Love,

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