I was asked by Riverdale resident, friend and neighbor, Tyrone Power, to help honor his friend and fellow veteran.
Anthony William Bakogiannis (above left), was a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He was a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, a honor bestowed upon those who demonstrated heroism and meritorious achievement while serving their country. On May 23rd he took his own life, leaving behind so many who loved him for the kind and caring person he was. Anthony was 27 years old.
For Anthony, like so many veterans who suffer from Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the battle did not end when he left the field. This tragic outcome is a reminder to us all that the lasting scars from combat are not all physical, and no less damaging. Sadley, like most mental illness, the condition too often goes undiagnosed. If you have a loved one who may be suffering from Combat PTSD, there are many organizations today who you can turn to for help. The Refuge is an example of one: The Refuge – A Healing Place
For those wishing to attend, Anthony’s wake will be held on June 1st and 2nd at Funeraria Alvarez in Paterson and he will be laid to rest at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. Below is a link to full service details and contact information: