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Brady's Story - PTSD & The Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018

As a Proud Supporter of Those Who Serve, VTI has the privilege of investing in organizations supported by our colleagues, as well as, our clients.  Our investment in the Fargo physical security community is strengthened by our engagement with Mr. John Dalziel.  John is more than just a client and Trusted Business Partner - he has become a friend and a champion for a great cause:  The Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation (www.bradyoberglegacyfoundation.org).  

This great cause recently completed one of the many events they bring to our communities to drive PTSD awareness: The Border-to-Border Ruck March. Dalziel and three friends marched 240 miles from the Canadian border all the way to the North Dakota/South Dakota border in just over 60 hours. They did it with a military issued ruck sack on their backs while raising over $9,000 and much needed exposure/attention for PTSD and Veteran suicide.  Choosing Memorial Day weekend was no accident and VTI Security was proud to play a small part in supporting these fine men.  Please find Brady's story below - along with some pictures from the Ruck and information on the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.

BRADY’S STORY  

Brady Oberg was a small town boy growing up in Ulen, MN.   He had a happy childhood, many friends, lots of interests and was very active in school and church-related activities. Brady was an active outdoorsman and learned the value of hard work at a young age.

He was always interested in the military and started talking about joining the army when he was quite young.   He actually joined the army as an active infantryman in 2009. He was trained at Fort Benning, GA and was stationed at Fort Polk, LA as a part of the 10th Mountain Division 4th Brigade. Brady was deployed to Afghanistan serving in the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a courageous, tough, highly skilled infantryman who earned the respect of his fellow soldiers and the Army Commendation Medal for saving four of his brothers. After his 12 month deployment, he returned to Fort Polk, LA to finish out his time on active duty. It was during this time that he married his wife, Katie.

Returning to civilian life appeared to go smoothly as he continued with college to finish his degree, found employment and planned to build a home on property he purchased with Katie. But the challenge of assimilating to his new life after combat proved to be more than he could bear and on August 6th, 2015 he took his own life.

Brady was a patriot with a strong love of his country. He was an avid reader and believed that education had the power to change the world. He had high ideals and talked of his desire to leave some kind of legacy behind him. Brady was looked up to and respected by everyone who knew him. He was very intelligent, willing to try anything to help others, and truly wanted the best for everyone he knew. He was very responsible, loved God, his wife and family and was extremely loyal to his brothers in arms. Brady’s family, friends, and fellow soldiers were devastated by his death.   In retrospect, some signs of PTSD were there, but they weren’t recognized. No one realized how deeply he was struggling. It was a combination of this devastation, Brady’s talk about Legacy and a desire to prevent anyone one else from this suffering that was the impetus for starting the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.

FOUNDATION BACKGROUND

In November of 2015, the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation was established. It was formed by a group of people who loved Brady, grieved for him and wanted to stop this tragedy from happening to others. Eleven people connected to Brady; his wife, mother, father, sister, brother, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and four friends formed the Board of Directors. Some of the Board members are veterans and several other veterans attend the monthly meetings to give their input and advice. The Foundation was established under the auspices of the Dakota Medical Foundation, enabling its Board to focus on the Foundation’s goals. The goals were chosen because of their direct connection to Brady. After his return to civilian life, he tried counseling, but felt that those who tried to help him “really didn’t get it”. He believed that counselors who hadn’t been in combat can’t understand the mind of a combat soldier and that the best counseling came from time spent with fellow soldiers. Thus, the idea of soldier retreats became one of our goals along with providing scholarships to combat veterans wishing to go into the mental health field to help other soldiers. His strong belief in education reinforced the idea of scholarships. Our ignorance of PTSD prompted the goal of PTSD awareness. We work hard to inform the public, especially spouses and families, about the signs, effects and how to get help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our hope and mission is that these goals will lead to “Happy, Healthy Lives for our Combat Veterans”!



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Apartment Association Metro Denver - Education Conference & Trade Show

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VTI Security, with the guidance and leadership of Adam Hacker, Senior Account Manager, participated in this year's Education Conference & Trade Show for the Apartment Association of Denver.  Adam was joined by John Nowak, Gina Barcelona, and Stephen Fisher to highlight our active engagement in the multi-family community.  This event drew over 1,600 registered attendees and proved to be one of the most energetic and fun shows we've had the opportunity to be a part of.

Our clients include some of the largest builders, property managers, and designers of these properties with emphasis on our ability to develop strategic plans for enterprise properties/solutions, standardized platforms, and technologies ranging from telephone entry systems to credentialed access control to license plate recognition.  To learn more about our multi-family programs, please contact Adam Hacker at adam.hacker@vtisecurity.com.  Enjoy some pics!....

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VTI Honors Those Who Have Fallen on Memorial Day

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

As a Proud Supporter of Those Who Serve, VTI Security will be observing the federal Memorial Day holiday on Monday of next week.  Indeed, a time for gratitude, appreciation, family, and good energy.  We wish each of you a great holiday as you observe those who have fallen during military service to our country.  Enjoy some traditional observances below.

Special thanks to our on-call Colleagues remaining available  in the event of client needs - Ray McGrady, Alfredo Torres, Bob Lane, Jeff Davis, Monty Payne, Wally Avalos, and Brandon Farley.




In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Since the late 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”

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VTI-University Milwaukee 2018

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We believe that education is at the foundation of our shared responsibility in the security industry.  Today we launched our 2018 Summer Educational Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Our Trusted Business Partner, Mike Cummings of Cummings Security Consulting, delivered over 44 years of professional insight, stories, and best practices in healthcare security and business operations relevant to physical security.  

Special thanks to Jake Haugh and the team at Children's Hospital Wisconsin for being gracious and professional hosts.

VTI-University is an educational event.  It brings together industry professionals actively engaged in protecting people, property, and information - end users, manufacturers, and partners of the VTI community.  It as a casual affair designed to elevate conversation in a non-sales environment.  We look forward to our next events scheduled for Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, and Omaha.  To learn more about VTI-University and events scheduled in your market, please contact Stephen Fisher, Director, Business Development at stephen,fisher@vtisecurity.com.  

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