WATERFORD, Mich. (WJBK) - A Waterford family is desperate to find their missing father and husband, who they say has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He's known to many as Command Sgt. Major David Folsom, and has been with the Army National Guard for more than 20 years. He's been married for 22.
"He's an amazing, respected individual that just kind of lost his way a little bit," said Belinda Folsom.
The family of the 54-year-old says he's been missing for six days now. His wife says he's been suffering from PTSD.
"(He's been having) sleepless nights," Belinda said. "A lot of the sleep was really affecting him. (He) lost a lot of weight, (he was) having a difficult time focusing, panic attacks."
He has been deployed twice to Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. Belinda says recently his PTSD has gotten worse. She says after tossing and turning, David got up around 3:30 a.m. July 12 and went into his office.
"I figured he was on his phone or laptop or whatever because he couldn't sleep," Belinda said. "So then I got up at 7:30 and he was gone."
Unsure what her husband walked away wearing, Belinda says he left behind his phone and truck but he has his .38 pistol, his wallet and his house key.
Belinda says her husband may also have his aviator glasses with him and said that, although police are searching, her thoughts grow darker and darker each day her husband is gone.
Belinda says her husband has done this once before. She says he wandered off earlier this month and fell asleep in a park but when he returned home eight hours later, she says he couldn't remember which park it was - or how he got there.
"After the first time we said you can't do this, it's horrible," Belinda said.
FOX 2: "Did he feel bad?"
"He did and he said nothing would ever happen," she said.
And while he's known to be the first to help a soldier in need, the family of Command Sgt. Major David Folsom now needs your help to bring him home.
"He's just an amazing guy," Belinda said. "He's a great father, a great husband.
"He's a wonderful mentor. He just needs to come home."