Without Stop Soldier Suicide, I would have not have known how to begin my life again.

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

With their help I went from fearful to fearless and stopped getting knocked down by PTSD.

I was at a very dark, dark, eerie place in my life where I didn’t tell or talk to anyone about my pain. In February 2015, I decided that enough was enough. I was ready to end my life.

I had the barrel of a gun in my mouth. My mentor and friend ministered and prayed over me and helped save me.

When l was released from psych ward, I wasn’t safe yet. I still needed help. By the grace of God, I found Stop Soldier Suicide on Facebook and contacted them. Within 15 minutes, a caseworker contacted me back.

If it weren’t for my mentor and Stop Soldier Suicide, I would be dead. [With their help] I went from fearful to fearless and stopped getting knocked down by PTSD.

– M.M., U.S. Army veteran

Stop Soldier Suicide focuses on the problems that could be the difference between life and death.

One thing that sets Stop Soldier Suicide apart from other organizations out there is that these guys get it. They’re military as well. They’ve stood in formation, they’ve experienced all that we go through, and they get it.

Stop Soldier Suicide focuses on the problems that could be the difference between life and death. They’re unique in their approach. They don’t set up shop at the edge of the cliff like a suicide hotline would do. They do their best work halfway up the mountain as problems are beginning to escalate and compound.

I had lost custody of my youngest child through a series of unfortunate events. I couldn’t make money fast enough to pay child support and hire a lawyer to try to regain custody. My wife had already gone to jail twice for child support issues. My marriage was slipping away, and it was only a matter of time before either she or I were going to jail with no way of getting enough money to get out. One trip to jail and I’d have lost both of my jobs. I’d likely get an Article 15. My entire work history (mostly law enforcement) would be worthless. And I wouldn’t have any hope of ever recovering.

I once tried to speak to someone in the military about my situation and received a letter in the mail telling me that I was about to be medically discharged for depression and anger issues.

Stop Soldier Suicide stepped in and began looking for a lawyer who would take the case at no charge, which allowed me to focus all of my resources on child support. I didn’t have to worry nearly as much.

Did Stop Soldier Suicide fix all of my problems? Of course not. But they focused their energy on the one that was surely going to decide my fate. Had they not stepped in, I surely wouldn’t have made it.

– Stop Soldier Suicide client (name withheld for privacy)

Stop Soldier Suicide was the only one that even tried to help.

After many fails at the VA, I reached out in desperation to all of the major — and even obscure — veteran service organizations for months. Stop Soldier Suicide was the only one that even tried to help.

Stop Soldier Suicide not only kept me on the planet, but connected me with invaluable resources like Saratoga WarHorse, a unique type of equine therapy available to any vet with PTSD, and an excellent civilian therapist through Give An Hour.

Words seem totally inadequate right now. I literally would not be here if it were not for Stop Soldier Suicide.

– M.R., U.S. Navy veteran

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