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Anna, IL mother loses veteran son to drug addiction

"How does one recover from war? Many don't." Dianna Morrison reads from her son's obituary. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) "How does one recover from war? Many don't." Dianna Morrison reads from her son's obituary. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
He overdosed just months after completing an in treatment program at The VA in Marion. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) He overdosed just months after completing an in treatment program at The VA in Marion. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
And around a year ago Morrison says her son turned to heroin. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) And around a year ago Morrison says her son turned to heroin. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
Holbrook never married, but he did have a daughter. She recently joined the ARMY just like her dad, and is in basic training. (Source: Holbrook Family) Holbrook never married, but he did have a daughter. She recently joined the ARMY just like her dad, and is in basic training. (Source: Holbrook Family)
ANNA, IL (KFVS) -

A mother in Anna, Illinois is grieving after losing her veteran son to addiction.

Shawn Holbrook, 48, died on July 27 due to an overdose of heroin.

“How does one recover from war? Many don’t.”

Dianna Morrison read from her son Shawn Holbrook’s obituary. It is a passionate and powerful message on what heroin can do.

“The beast won this particular war, but the fight is far from over now," Morrison said.

Shawn Holbrook served two tours in the United States Army during Desert Storm. Holbrook was a member of the Night Stalkers, which is a special operations aviation regiment.

“He never talked about the military after he come home," said Morrison

Holbrook's mother said he couldn’t.

“He had a lot of built up things that he never talked about, that I wished he could have talked about," Morrison said.

He was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

During his service he dislocated his shoulder, leaving long-lasting pain, and Holbrook turned to prescription pills.

An addiction spanning more than 20 years.

“It was like looking at your son’s physical body, but that’s not your son in that body," Morrison said.

And around a year ago Morrison said her son turned to heroin.

“He had already lost everything, so he didn’t feel like he had anything," Morrison said.

He overdosed just months after completing a treatment program at the VA in Marion.

Holbrook never married, but he did have a daughter.

She recently joined the Army just like her dad and is in basic training.

“I hope that she’ll understand her father a little bit better," Morrison said.

Dianna took us to her son’s gravesite because she hopes sharing her pain can help others.

“I just want people to be aware that this is bad. You’re not supposed to bury your children," Morrison said.

Morrison said she plans on meeting with other families who have lost someone due to drug addiction.

She hopes to help others by sharing her story.

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