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This fundraiser is to support the Pablik Family with the recovery treatment program and relocation of their son Jonathan. As much help that the Pablik's have received they will continue spending money throughout this lengthy process and as we all know times are tough and this could break a family's budget real quick. I would like to help Sandy in this path with no worries so she could find Jonathan a suitable treatment facility that will meet his needs. Your contributions have greatly helped the family thus far. Please, continue helping the family with this cause. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Any donations that are not used will be donated to an organization that supports PTSD awareness.
I want to share with you Jonathan's story told by his mother, Sandy.
My son, Jonathan Pablik, HAS BEEN FOUND!
He had been MISSING since Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was last seen in Seattle, WA Wednesday, May 15, 2013 approx. 7:30 PM.
Here is his story…His name is Jonathan Pablik; he is 23 years old and a former marine. He enlisted at the young age of 17 years old. He was shipped to Iraq in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan two years later. He is originally from Gardena, California. He left to Oregon and Washington after this past Easter to visit two marine families following a personal journey which he called a walk of faith. He is on this quest to find himself. My personal struggle as his mom is the only one who knows what this really means is himself. My hope is that the purpose of this journey is to find relief from the pressures he must feel he’s under. Jonathan has family, friends and people that love and care for him. He also has complete strangers that have reached out once they heard the news. Those who know him can attest to his charismatic and free spirited character. He’s a risk taker, really fun guy who inspires and conquers. Jonathan suffers from PTSD and has found a way to channel his problems and move forward. Jonathan enrolled in film school after returning from Afghanistan in 2011 and began working on putting together a movie about PTSD. He is also trying to educate the fellow soldiers who are experiencing negative thoughts as well as give insight to his community. He had visited Chenoweth Elementary School as an inspirational speaker. He explained what it is to be a soldier telling the 4th grade class that is important to empower themselves to prevail over and conquer fear. He shared his mother’s teachings – I say this with modesty - to overcome being afraid. “When you feel afraid you have to find something opposite to think about, anything that makes you smile-That's it!" He did amazing and heroic deeds. He saved lives. Sometimes those heroic deeds came at a price. Upon his arrival from his second deployment he just wasn't the same. That was not defeat though. The company he was in averaged about 2 fire fights per day. Cpl Jonathan L. Pablik was 1of 2 section leaders for CAAT II, or CAAT Black Platoon, translated as combined Anti Armor Team, operating in Southern Helmand province. Jonathan received a Navy achievement with a combat distinguishing device for Valor. Jonathan is my son and my Hero. He suffered a PTSD episode on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 near Seattle, WA and that's the last we heard of him. He had disconnected his Facebook and is no longer using his cell phone. His dog Leila, which he adored more than life, was found at a Safeway a few days prior to his disappearance. I am certain, knowking his love for animals, he decided it was best to leave her in a safe house to be cared for. Arrangements have already been made for Leila to be cared for by a family member until we can reunite her with Jonathan. It is now confirmed he was last seen wearing a hooded leather jacket black beanie, dark jeans and black shoes. He has two tattoos. One on his right arm of "LCPL Eric Ward" in memory of a friend lost to combat, one on his right wrist of Infidel in Arabic, and a 310 on his chest. He is unarmed and not a threat. Although, we should not underestimate his capacity to cope with stressful situations. On the night of May 26, 2013 I recieved a phone call from a local hospital ER staff nurse who claimed to have my son on the phone and wished to speak with me. I nearly dropped flat to the ground in disbelief. In fact, when I heard his voice, it was my sweet boy on the other end of the phone. He was elated that we were reunited, yet a bit disoriented and tired of his long days of walking. He is recieving treatment for his PTSD in Seattle and I am in the process of transferring him to treatment center in California closer to his family. Thank you so much for all your love and support throughout his search and now recovery process.