"Life promotion" is the best suicide prevention.
My story began on 9-11-01 and like many American’s 9-11 forever changed our lives but for me being there my path took a very dark turn that over time led to me attempting suicide over the guilt of not finding anyone alive after the attack. As a member of the military getting help or going to counseling was not an option as it would certain mean the end of your career so I thought. After my attempt, I realized I needed support. I was diagnosed with PTSD, received treatment and I now believe that counseling has made me a stronger man and a stronger Soldier. Since then, I share my story as a suicide survivor in an attempt to inform service members and family members that everyone goes through dark times in their lives whether you are on the battlefield or just driving to work and witness a car accident there are things sometimes you cannot handle and it is ok to ask for help. I educate people on the importance of family, friends and of the many programs available to help them in their mental health struggles and motivate them to take advantage and control of their life again. After 34 years in the service and still serving I have seen about it all. I will always fight to continue to reduce the “stigma” with getting help an issue we see not only in the military but all across our society as a whole.
Speaking with soldiers about asking for help did not hurt my military career it actually made my career better. Telling my story hopefully helps remove the "stigma" about seeking help when you need it. I tell them it is "Ok not to be Ok" and trust me even if you don't think so you are important to someone.
Connecting with people is what my speaking at your event will do my "Story of Hope" will touch everyone in attendance.
My episode is premiering on "The Able Channel" to see trailer "click play"
Connect veterans to share stories, promote businesses, and talk trash! So, grab your beer or mixed drink and enjoy the show.
It is back baby watch Len and me as we make "Mondays cool again"
Please take a moment and watch my interview with Global Insight on the "Cost of War" the program aired over 103 different countries.
Men's Mental week on RallyPoint I talk about the importance of spiritual, mental and physical things I do to keep myself in check.
In support of Mental Health Month and with the support of RallyPoint my five part series on Surviving Suicide is available just click the blue button. 🔽🔽
Great TV interview with The Morning Blend take a second and check it out.
Illinois Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Month Seminar
Keynote speaker at the Clearway's veterans' group virtual event
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Veteran Trash Talk podcasts are stories of real warriors dealing with demons on the inside. We are brave enough to share them with our community so we can defeat them together. Our podcasts promote veteran-owned businesses and organizations that support veteran causes. Also, there is plenty of trash talk.
SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.