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Former Marine charged after shooting gun at mother's house

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A former Marine from New Braunfels, who is suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq, is now in jail on attempted murder charges.

One of the people he allegedly attempted to murder is his mother, who's fighting to get him  the help he needs.

Castaneda's mother, Maria Esparza looks back at his life that had so much promise--school honor rolls, achievement awards and sports.

Adan Castaneda was going places. He went into the Marines and became a scout sniper. But when he came back from Iraq in 2008 it all went bad. Diagnoses of PTSD, a major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, a possible suicide attempt, Castaneda secluded himself. His mother remembers taking him a cake on his birthday.

"He was sitting in the dark and said I don't celebrate birthdays, there is no God, I'm not gonna eat that...just very dark," Esparza said.

It got even darker as Castaneda continued to spiral downward culminating in him shooting 23 rounds into his mother's house, when she was inside. He's been in jail ever since, nearly 2 years awaiting trial. His mother knows where he is but she also knows that her son is lost.

"Just really lost is the way I see it, our vets...What do I do with my life? How do I get this out of me? And they can't. And they don't know how and nobody's guiding them," she said.

Kevin Taylor is with a non-profit veterans group that helps vets with PTSD.

"As tragic as Adan's case is, it's not unusual. The typical way this plays out for returning vets is they are not provided with the care they need as they transition from military service to civilian life," Taylor said.

For Maria, she doesn't believe her son was trying to hurt her, she says her son was off his medications and thought he was under attack. She wants the charges against him, which are serious, reduced. But what she wants even more for her son is a chance at a future.

"As frightened as I've been through all this I felt like I've got to stay in there because nobody else is gonna care about him and all I want from this situation is for him to have a life," Esparza said.

The next court date for Castaneda is June 25. We will keep up with his case and his mother's fight to help him.

If you know a vet dealing with PTSD and mental health issues there are a lot of places you can turn to for help. The Texas Veterans Commission being just one place.

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