Soldier's mom 'devastated' by center's name change

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a soldier from Chicago says she's "devastated" at the decision to remove her late son's name from a planned facility in Traverse City devoted to treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

The center once known as the Ryan Patrick Kennedy House is now being called Tranquility House. Kennedy suffered from PTSD and took his own life in 2012.

WPBN-WTOM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hvso8f ) the project's board members made the decision this week, saying they did so after seeing how much financial support was coming from Chicago.

According to Kennedy's mother, Linda, the idea for the Traverse City facility began last year when she made an online connection with another soldier's mother from northern Michigan.

Linda Kennedy says the opportunity to have "Ryan's name help other soldiers" has been taken from her.

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Information from: WPBN-TV, http://www.tv7-4.com

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