This War Vet Was Planning To Commit Suicide, But A Noise From The Bushes Changed Everything For Him.
Serving Your Country Is Rewarding And Honorable
Serving in a war can't be taken lightly. Not only do soldiers suffer while on the battlefield, when they return home the trauma continues. War veterans have a very fragile mental health, and this veteran felt like he no longer wanted to deal with the battle anymore. He decided to take his own life, but everything was turned around when he went outside for a final smoke. The veteran heard a strange noise coming from a bush, and what he found will pull on your heartstrings.
When someone enlists in the military, they’re making a huge, life-altering decision. Whether they’re fighting on the front lines, or working behind the scenes, the humans who serve our country make an enormous sacrifice to protect us. Even though the honor is great, it comes with unbelievable consequences of devastating health problems that are both mental and physical. What happens after war is something most could never imagine, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking.
Active Combat Is Extremely Risky
Witnessing the atrocities of war changes the people involved. Soldiers that go to war come back an entirely different person, due to witnessing bloodshed and complete devastation. Many veterans suffer from PTSD, as well as other mental health problems, even after their service is long over. One veteran felt the effects of war in a very intense way. The memories he carries with him will make even the strongest of people cry, and you’ll never believe what he went through.
This War Veteran Was Suffering
Veterans of the military are extremely proud to have served their country. "I was very proud to wear the colors on my sleeve..to have the flag sewn on my shoulder," American army veteran Josh Marino said. The unit Marino was in was deployed to southwest Baghdad, Iraq, and Marino experienced the terror of war firsthand. Unfortunately, one day Marino looked death right in the face, and memories of what happened are what nightmares are made of.
A Mortar Attack That Was Too Close
A mortar attack struck where Marino was located, and multiple mortars exploded only ten feet away from his righthand side. Due to the attack, Marino suffered from a traumatic brain injury. Marino then began to feel the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, which began to hurt his overall mental health. "A lot of us come home without realizing we are bringing the war home with us," Marino explained, he soon understood that he was not okay.
His Mental Health Was Declining
Marino began to suffer from such an extreme amount of anxiety, he could no longer concentrate on anything. All he could seem to focus on was his memories, and the endless amount of depression he was feeling. "In a lot of cases having a physical wound that no one can see, you're not believed," Marino explained about soldiers dealing with PTSD and mental illness. You’ll soon find out that Marino was very close to his breaking point with nowhere to turn.
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