The W-S Urban League’s annual Veterans Mental Health Breakfast the place to be last Friday. More than 50 veterans and their loved ones heard from Harold Eustache. Eustache served six years on active duty in the United States Army as a paratrooper-infantryman. Harold served in the 101st Airborne Division’s elite Pathfinder Company. While on active duty, he served tours in Iraq in 2005-2006 and Afghanistan in 2008-2009. During those tours Harold conducted and led nearly 300 combat missions against enemy forces, everywhere from Tikrit and Samarra in Iraq to the Korengal Valley and the Pakistan Border in Afghanistan – he was awarded three Army Commendation Medals and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge as well as forty-three parachute jumps.
Harold served as one of the county’s juvenile court prosecutors and also was the lead prosecutor in the county’s Veteran’s Treatment Court, which he helped to create. This court focuses on getting veterans, charged with crimes, the help they need.
Eustache discussed the mental health challenges that affect all veterans, including himself.