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Jacob Prayzer

LORAIN – U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob D. Prayzer, 26, of Lorain, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Sgt. Prayzer was born in Elyria on June 15, 1987, the son of Kenneth S. Prayzer and Theresa M. (nee Tellier) Prayzer Howard. He was a graduate of Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona, where he played baseball on his high school team.
He was a member of the Agudath B’Nai Israel Temple in Lorain.
Following his enlistment in the Army National Guard, Sgt. Prayzer was deployed to Afghanistan. He earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO Service Medal. He was extremely proud to be serving his country and of being a soldier.

Graveside services were held Thursday at the Salem Cemetery, Sheffield Township, with Cantor David Wolinsky officiating. Full military honors were provided by the U.S. Army Honorguard, American Legion Post 30, AmVets Post 451 with attendees from the American Jewish War Veterans, The Disable American Veterans and several other military organizations.

Jacob’s mother, Tina Howard, now organizes an annual event in Jacob’s memory to help soldiers with PTSD and spread awareness of the tragedy of military suicide. Annual Sgt.Jacob D. Prayzer PTSD Memorial Poker Run is held at American Legion Post 118 in Amherst, Ohio. This year the date is September 9, 2017.
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