San Antonio – Marshall Blackmon, an Army Veteran, woke up to a sight he had hoped to leave behind in Afghanistan. Someone had lit his truck on fire with what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail. The VA has diagnosed Blackmon with PTSD, and any veteran who struggles with PTSD knows that an incident like this triggers combat stress.
Blackmon told KSAT reporters “The last time I saw a burning truck was in Afghanistan…I’m not supposed to live like that here. I left that behind.”
The worst part about this incident for Blackmon is not the loss of his truck or the triggering of his PTSD, but the loss of something that would devastate any combat veteran.
When Blackmon was in Afghanistan his Humvee encountered an IED and he was lucky to survive, but another soldier in his platoon was not as fortunate.
The arsonist who torched Blackmon’s truck also torched the only memento Blackmon had to remember the soldier he lost. Blackmon kept the soldiers beret in his truck with him as a constant reminder.
Arson investigators are attempting to solve this crime and Blackmon’s family is offering a $500 reward for any information that can lead them to the criminal(s).
Marshall Blackmon sent in these photos of the damage.