Brent Kopacka Obituary, Death – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear son, Brent Lee Kopacka, to heaven on December 15, 2022. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan during combat, which resulted in a 16-year struggle with severe PTSD. Brent was a 4 October 1986 baby. Father John F. Kopacka and Stepmother Dawn M. Kopacka, as well as Mother Darcie Nixon and Stepfather David Nixon, survive. Tori L. Davey, Zackery J. Kopacka, Ethan J. Kopacka, Evan M. Kopacka, and Ellowyn O. Kopacka were Brent’s younger siblings. He was also the uncle of three nephews and one niece. From 2005 until 2009, Brent proudly served in the US Army in the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 508TH Parachute Infantry Regiment.
For his participation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Brent received the Purple Heart. Brent demonstrated his loyalty to the people of our country and his selflessness by volunteering to serve in the United States Army at a time of war. Brent embodied the principles and ideals that all Paratroopers try to uphold. The bravery Brent displayed in the face of the enemy speaks highly of him. People who knew Brent described him as a compassionate, considerate, and fiercely devoted friend. His loved ones and friends adored him. Brent took great pleasure in remembering people on their birthdays and other significant dates. Brent delighted in being outside.
He would update his friends and family with photos and updates on the various locations and adventures he was experiencing. It was difficult for him to settle down in one spot because he enjoyed exploring new places. Brent constantly kept in contact with the old while making new acquaintances wherever he traveled. Brent struggled with PTSD for the previous 16 years, but despite his valiant efforts, he was ultimately unable to overcome it. “I urge you to educate yourself as much as you can on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) so that you can appreciate the toll it has on our Veterans, their families, and their friends… Make sure your family members have the support they require.