Honoring An Army National Guard With Conversion Disorder

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email

Williamstown American Legion Post 159 hosted a benefit dinner to honor Army National Guard, Jason Barnum, who has Conversion Disorder.

Family and friends of Barnum came out to support him through the difficult time.

They're raising money for his medical and living expenses.

Conversion Disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system symptoms that can't be explained by medical evaluation.

"Everybody showing up and being here for me, just shows that people still do care about the veterans that are out there," says Barnum.

"It means a lot to see all of the community, the friends and family, people he worked with, you know everybody that pulled together to bring this off to help him get through all these difficulties," added Jason's Father, Greg Barnum.

Currently, Barnum is unable to walk and has a hard time talking.

Doctors are still trying to figure out what caused him to have the disorder.


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