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Video: Combat Vet Talks About PTSD

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in News

After attempting suicide in November of 2010 I decided to help fellow soldiers and their families by giving them advice on how to handle certain situations.

In 2010, I attempted suicide while still in the Army.  This is just over a year after being back from Iraq.  It was just one day and I just decided I was done.  I had tried to get help by seeing a psychologist on base who in the end decided to call me a liar.  So I had no one to talk to, and I didn’t want to seem weak to my battle buddies.  I went home and took 4 full bottles of different types of pills, drank a few beers and punched holes in the walls across my house.  All of a sudden I felt the pills kicking in and felt myself dying and quickly realized I had made a mistake and called 911.

I woke up the next day in the hospital, everything from the ambulance and hospitals I don’t remember.  My E-6 at the time was there and watched as they strapped me down to a bed and shoved a tube down my throat while I squirmed and fought.  They had to get coal into my body and I wouldn’t wake up to  drink it.  I woke up with a catheter inside me and they had told me they called my family.  They couldn’t tell my family if I was going to live through the night because they didn’t know what type of damage had been done to my kidneys.  When I woke up that morning I turned my life around.

I talk about that day because that is when I decided I wasn’t going to be another number on the veteran suicide chart helping it get larger, I was going to be a number helping lower it.  That is why I have written this guide and decided to help families understand what a soldier thinks.  My family was so upset and never understood why I had tried to take my own life, so maybe if you could understand more you can try and stop it from happening to your soldier.

Here is a link to my blog. I have written about my personal transition experience: http://wyshproject.org/blog/

Andrew O’Brien:  Andrew@wyshproject.org

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Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

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