Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Veterans Fight War on Suicide

Veterans Fight War on Suicide
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle
May 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG -- A recent study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"There is a lot of soldiers these days that are committing suicide because of the many deployments that they go through," said Sergeant Bruce Webb, the Post Chaplain of the American Legion in Harrisonburg.

"I was losing my marriage, I was highly intoxicated. I had done isolated myself. I was taking pain pills because of the injuries I sustained in Iraq," said Webb describing why he attempted suicide.

Webb was recently diagnosed with a severe case of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

He attempted suicide on June 10, 2010.

Sergeant Webb is now an ordained minister. He wants other veterans considering suicide to know they're not alone. He still struggles to cope after over three decades in the army.
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