Military Suicides: A Story From the EdgeSubmitted by myajace on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 23:26
By Nathan Bernier, KUT News
Almost once every hour a U.S. military veteran takes his or her life. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 22 veterans commit suicide every day, on average.
Austin veteran Andrew O’Brien almost become one of them. He survived a suicide attempt in 2010, after returning from a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Now he’s telling his story to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides.
I just stopped talking about it, and I just pushed it down and pushed it down, and then a couple of months later, in November of 2010, I just decided I was done, I was tired of pushing it down, I was tired of not being able to talk about it and open up about it and feeling ashamed for feeling the way I did.
Andrew O'Brien is trying to draw attention to PTSD and suicide among soldiers.
My family was so upset and never understood why I had tried to take my own life, maybe if you could understand more you can try and stop it from happening to your soldier: http://wyshproject.org