A smile and a laugh that would light up a room and draw people to him, Brandon Meacham was fearless and strong, full of adventure and a twinkle of mischief in his eyes. All who met him found a kind, loving, easily approachable man, who was always there when you needed a friend to confide in. After his service in the Marine Cops, he was differnt. He became distant and would withdraw randomly. He and his wife had a beautiful baby girl, who he was very proud of her and loved so much. But, he never felt like he deserved them. His once larger than life, magnetic personality was now clouded by his words “you don’t know the things I’ve done.” Brandon had reached out for help for mental health services from the VA, but was advised he wasn’t eligible for any services because they said it wasn’t service related. He was told to call an 800 number. Brandon lost his battle December 28, 2015 at 33 years old. There were no signs that he was going to end his life. His friends and family were devastated.
This portrait received funding to go home to his family. A copy of Brandon's portrait continues to travel with Jessica and the Words Matter exhibit.