Coming back home from the front lines of war can be amazingly painful and difficult. Going from one major mindset to a completely docile one is a recipe for either self destruction and hurt or damage to those around you.
I thought about taking my own life on three different occasions after returning from Afghanistan. I did not know what to do or who to talk to about the horrors I had seen and done and been through.
I connected with the VA and was put through an 8 week inpatient program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. After this, my doctors told me about how to receive a service dog to help prevent further harm and to help with everyday mobility tasks that are no longer easy for me, like bending over and getting up from the floor.
I talked with Stop Soldier Suicide when I realized I had no way to get up to Patriot Paws [where I got my service dog], which is located near Dallas. Stop Soldier Suicide helped me secure a plane ticket and transportation to the facility, plus room and board.
Without Stop Soldier Suicide, I would have not have known how to begin my life again. The men and women of this organization helped me gain an important aspect of life back from this never-ending battle with PTSD.
– C.S., U.S. Army veteran