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No Way Home . . .

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It has been said that one can never go home again——this was never more evident than in the death of Marine Staff Sgt. Travis N. “T-Bo” Twiggs.

Sgt. Twiggs had served his country well. Four tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, but when it came time for the debt to be repaid, it seems as if the country, he fought so hard for . . . let him down.

Last month Staff Sgt. Twiggs and a group of Iraq war veterans (Wounded Warriors Regiment) went to the White House to meet the president.

“Sir, I’ve served over there many times,” Sgt Twiggs said, “and I would serve for you anytime.”

He concluded his statement by grabbing the president and giving him a big hug. Sadly, Sgt. Twiggs loyalty was not returned. When he needed help to combat his affliction with PTSD, the medical treatment he received was gravely inadequate.

Sgt. Twiggs wrote of the ordeal of trying to win the war against PTSD in the January issue of the Marine Corps Gazette.

“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.

The symptoms would disappear when Staff Sgt. Twiggs began his tour of duty, but came back stronger each time he returned home.

His wife Kellee Twiggs stated in a telephone interview:

“All this violent behavior, him killing his brother, that was not my husband. If the PTSD would have been handled in a correct manner, none of this would have happened.”

Mrs. Twiggs went on to say that her husband was treated in the psychiatric ward at Bethesda Medical Center and then sent for four months to a Veterans Affairs Department facility.

After so many successful tours of duty . . . Marine Staff Sgt. Twiggs, perhaps unable to deal with the alienation he felt towards those closest to him——took his and the life of his brother after an 80 miles chase on Interstate 8 in southwestern Arizona.

Perhaps, Sgt. Twiggs is finally at peace. He served his country valiantly——but discovered too late that when he needed help, to win the war that raged within him . . . there was no place to call home.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author



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  1. It grieves me to hear this news; I am shocked and saddened. I feel it needs to be said though, that after growing up with these two I can tell you that they were certainly NOT violent criminals as some reports would suggest! They were good kids, good people. “Will” actually placed second in the State Spelling Bee championship when he was 12, they both played on their respective High School Football Teams — they were good ‘ol, all-American boys! Staff Sgt. Travis “T-Bo” Twiggs is a hero who may not have paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield overseas but paid on his own personal battlefield. All too often this sort of thing happens with our veterans; veterans who we all owe so much to, and, I myself being an 18 year veteran, feel that if only the Military would put forth as much effort in helping their post-war veterans as they put forth in training them to go to war this type of senseless tragedy could be avoided! No one knows exactly what led them to this unfortunate end, we will most likely never know. Just rest assured that they were not criminals, they were good people.

    Please keep Willard “Will” and Travis “T-Bo” Twiggs and their families in your prayers. God bless!

    C Beck.

    June 15, 2008 at 12:34 pm

  2. Travis was married to my niece Kellee and was a good husband and father to Ireland and America. Travis was a TRUE Marine. He loved the Marine Corp, and would have made a career if he had not suffered from PTSD. I think the Marine Corp Doctors failed him and his family by not helping him, because he would have done anything for the Corp. I don’t know why Travis would take his brother’s life and his own, but this was not the Travis I knew. He was a good, kind and loving person. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please keep Kellee, Ireland and America in your prayers.

    Rainy Clay

    June 27, 2008 at 11:44 pm

  3. Travis Twiggs was one of the smartest and bravest fighting men I have ever had the honor and privilege to be among, at war. I will never forget in Western Iraq, when he planned and executed brilliant missions to discover enemy caches of explosives and small arms. I am terribly saddened to hear of his death, and that of his brother. Like Rainy Clay says on this site, “I don’t know why Travis would take his brother’s life and his own, but this was not the Travis I knew. He was a good, kind and loving person.” She is absolutely right. And if he had not suffered from PTSD, he would have completed his career in the Marines, no question. Please pray for his widow, Kellee, and for Ireland and America. May God be with the Twiggs family.

    Semper Fi,

    Mike Tucker
    Marine veteran, counterterrorism & guerrilla war specialist
    Author of RONIN: A Marine Scout/Sniper Platoon in Iraq
    July 1, 2008

    Mike Tucker

    July 1, 2008 at 8:51 am

  4. If you only knew the whole truth, he would not be glorified. Sad as his death was drugs and alcohol played a vital role. May God have mercy on their souls.


    C.B. Varner

    July 31, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  5. I pray in the name of Jesus that God grant peace and a renewed vision of His grace to Kellee, Ireland, America and all who mourn T-Bo and Willard. In response to C. B., definitions of “glorified” must differ as much as understandings of God and mercy. I would not be so bold as to judge fallen brothers. That should be left to thier judge and as for arguments on thier behalf, that comes from thier advocate. But if Paul hadn’t taken the title, I would believe that I am the chief of all sinners, yet God has covered me with the righteous blood of Christ as he did T-Bo and Willard. And like T-Bo and Willard, I’ll never truly be righteous except through that sacrifice.

    Jeremy Sharp

    September 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

  6. The cutest sweetest nicest little boys. Not perfect, but wounderful boys who I remember as the three amigos. I thought I’d like to have boys just like them someday. I am so grieved to hear such profound tragedy.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Will and T-bo’s family.


    October 1, 2008 at 12:07 am

  7. Travis Twiggs was the finest Marine I ever met. Outspoken, and dedicated, he did with ease what every Marine toils to do and become. From serving side by side with him, to having him as my best man, he will be missed. As for Kelley, Ireland and America, all of my love to you. May you be able to find peace.
    Semper Fi
    Jason Soca SgtUSMCRet

    Jason Soca

    October 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

  8. Tebeaux,
    May the heavenly Father watch and shelter your family and loved ones. You were by far the most outstanding Marine I’ve ever known. May your demons haunt you no more in heaven. Rest in peace Warrior…

    Cleveland V

    October 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm

  9. I just learned of this tragic event today. I am torn to the very depths of my soul for the loss of such a fine Marine, husband, father and friend. I served with Travis as an instructor at Paris Island. He was the most motivated, dedicated and tactically proficient Marine I ever had the honor to know. He touched everyone that he served with in a way that only those privldge few will know. I can still hear his voice as he bellowed motivation from deep within. It reached out and captivated young men and women wanting to be Marines. If you were worth half your weight in salt, you longed to be like “T-bo”; for he was to our generation, John Wayne. He was a mans’ man. He loved his family, his country and the Corps more than most could hope to be capable of. There will forever be a whole in my heart for this brother of mine. May god grant him the peace in death that he could no longer find in this life.

    Kellee, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that there is nothing I could ever do to take away your pain, but if I could ever help you and the girls out, in any way, you know you are family. I would do anything for you. If anyone else in the family reads this please pass my email along to Kellee. quinttibeau@comcast,net

    Quint Tibeau

    December 2, 2008 at 1:54 am

  10. I just heard this news today. I went to high school with T-Bo for a brief time in Miami. He was an AWESOME kid!! One of our mutual friends just emailed me a link to the news story.

    I have a picture of him from back in the day. Does anyone know how to contact his wife? I would love to send it on to her. RIP T-Bo.


    December 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm

  11. Lori, I have a telephone # and address for Kellee. If you email me I will send it to you. After the comments made by C.B. Varner I wouldn’t feel comfortable posting that here.

    Quint Tibeau

    January 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  12. Dec. 23, 2009,
    I’m not too smart with a computer. I actually googled Sgt.Travis Twiggs and came across the messages written about Travis. It’s almost a second Christmas without T-Bo and Will..The mental pain never leaves…At times it subsides but heavier doses strikes when we least expect it to. Nancy and me just let it hurt..It can hurt as long as it wants to…We’ll manage it. We still cry a lot. Knowing them as children and coming forward thru the years makes it really tough around Christmas time…To all of you with children..young or old..I hope you never lose one..The pain isn’t near as bad as…Just missing them…They left so much love behind..We can’t give it to anyone else…It was for Will and Travis..

    Douglas Twiggs

    December 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  13. I found myself thinking about T-Bo and Will today, don’t know why. I imagine the holidays are very difficult for the family. I remember them as children, they were such cute kids, Ryan and Kellee too.


    July 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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