Soldier's death by suicide reflects national issue reported by Troy Carter of the The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
BOZEMAN, MONT. — Wade Christiansen dreamed of being a soldier from a young age. He joined the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division after high school. Being a paratrooper made Wade proud. Jumping from airplanes excited the daredevil from Red Lodge. In 2009, his unit deployed to Afghanistan.
During a mission, Christiansen’s squad was attacked with a string of six improvised explosive devices. The left side of Christiansen’s jaw was so badly injured it was replaced with titanium. His arm, face and neck were peppered with shrapnel, and the retina in his left eye detached. Two of his colleagues were killed. Emotional and physical injuries became a permanent part of his life.
On May 28, Wade was with his girlfriend in the living room of the home he shared with his brother. Around 1:30 a.m., Wade reversed his Jeep out of the garage, hitting the door as his girlfriend tried to close it. Wade’s brother and girlfriend frantically tried reaching him on his cellphone, knowing Wade was in trouble.
When Wade finally picked up the phone, he told his girlfriend he was on his way to the hospital’s emergency room to kill himself.
On his way, Wade was pulled over by the police for running a red light. Two minutes later, Wade used his pistol to take his own life in the middle of Main Street in Bozeman. He was 23 years old.
Ex-Marine commits suicide in wooded area reported on Tahoe Daily Tribune.
An ex-Marine who served in Iraq committed suicide Friday in a wooded area off Sherman Way in South Lake Tahoe, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated Friday evening.
On Friday, the sheriff’s office received information that a suicidal man was in the forest behind Heavenly Ski resort, police said. The subject had reportedly posted a Facebook video of himself, which depicted him in this forested area, leaving a message to his family. In the video, the man also gave the GPS coordinates of his location, police said. Other recent Facebook postings reportedly depicted the man with a handgun wearing a military gas mask, and other photos of a .308 scoped sniper rifle and military backpack. Police learned that the man was an ex-Marine who had served in Irag, was despondent and had left his residence Thursday night with the .308 rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and backpack.