Thursday, January 28, 2016

After Being Shot By Police, Veteran Finally Gets Help

E. Texas veteran shot by deputies shares message of hope
Tucson News Now
By Skylar Gallop
Jan 27, 2016

TYLER, TX (KLTV)
A 25-year-old East Texas veteran says getting help with PTSD saved his life, after being shot by Smith County deputies in an apparent attempt at "suicide by police".
Cameron Dossey, a Navy veteran who served tours in Afghanistan and Africa, now has a strong message to other veterans to get help.

Dossey discusses his service, saying, "I don’t like people thanking me for my service, because there’s things I'm not proud of."

Dossey's family says he came back changed. Dossey admits he struggled with depression.

"You know, the last couple of years... getting stuck in my own head, all I hear are my own thoughts."

Thoughts turned into actions.

"I tried to commit suicide three times."

Family members were unable to reach him.

Dossey explains, "I never wanted to talk to my parents about what I've seen, because in my mind I'm carrying the visions and the price for freedom around in my head, so that they don't have to."

His family urged him to get help.

Dossey recalls, "I called the Green Zone, a counseling service for veterans, and I left a message but never got a call back. At that point, I did make an attempt to reach out."

Another call was returned by a different organization, but was unsuccessful at identifying the deep depression and PTSD Dossey was in denial of.
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