Kim and Mike Bowman with a framed photo of their son, Timmy Bowman, and two of their dogs, Roxanne, at left, and Cassie, who was a gift from their children, at their home in Forreston, Ill. Timmy Bowman, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, shot himself in the head eight months after returning from National Guard service in Iraq. Cassie was a source of comfort for the Bowmans.
Kim and Mike Bowman with a framed photo of their son, Timmy Bowman, and two of their dogs, Roxanne, at left, and Cassie, who was a gift from their children, at their home in Forreston, Ill. Timmy Bowman, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, shot himself in the head eight months after returning from National Guard service in Iraq. Cassie was a source of comfort for the Bowmans. Anthony Souffle Chicago Tribune
Kim and Mike Bowman with a framed photo of their son, Timmy Bowman, and two of their dogs, Roxanne, at left, and Cassie, who was a gift from their children, at their home in Forreston, Ill. Timmy Bowman, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, shot himself in the head eight months after returning from National Guard service in Iraq. Cassie was a source of comfort for the Bowmans. Anthony Souffle Chicago Tribune

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