Piggott fundraiser honors local veteran

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - The northeast Arkansas community remembered one of its fallen soldiers.

 Saturday was the first Specialist Steven Tyler Redmon Memorial Roping event in Piggott.

 Steven's family, friends, fellow soldiers and more were there to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

 Steven's family came up with the team roping event to raise money but also awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. The Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers suffering from PTSD. Steven's family just wishes he could have been one of them. 

 "He joined the military in 2010," Steven's mom Pamela Moore said. "He loved wearing his uniform. He loved serving his country. It was a job that he was very proud of."

 Steven returned home to Pollard from Afghanistan on May 15, 2013, right before his 21st birthday.

 "Unfortunately he was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after," Moore said. "As we well know, a lot of the symptoms after that are drinking too much and driving too fast. That was a direct result of his car crash that happened July 21. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that he just couldn't recover from. He was just a beautiful, talented young man and we're going to miss him dearly."

However, Moore has turned her mourning into a mission.

"If I can give someone information about PTSD that could prevent Steven's tragedy happening to another military family then his passing will not be in vain," Moore said. "That's why we're here today."

Cowboys and spectators came from Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas and Illinois for the roping event to remember Steven and raise money for other soldiers like him.

"It's overwhelming," Moore said. "They're excited to be here for the Wounded Warrior Project and that does a lot for a mama. It's just a very blessed day and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Moore said the event will not only help Wounded Warriors in northeast Arkansas.

"You are giving back to families of fallen soldiers everywhere," Moore said.

Moore said the community's involvement would also help to mend a broken heart.

"It makes my heart feel good," Moore said. "I was told by a very wise man that the best way for me to honor my son is by glorifying God and that's what we're going to do."

Steven took pride in his service, his uniform, and his mom did, too.

"It's hard at times to see the uniform, but it's something that I always want to support and continue to support," Moore said. "God Bless our troops and our military families."

 Moore said their goal to raise $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. She said Saturday was the first event to honor her son but definitely not the last.

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