The rate of suicide among war veterans has consistently gone up for the past few years. In fact, statistics have revealed a disturbing reality: more US troops commit suicide than die in combat.
There are various different why veterans choose to end to their lives, with post-traumatic stress being a leading cause. Also, many men and women who have served in the first lines of defense simply don’t know how to adjust back to real life once they come back home.
Army Sgt. Josh Marino knows very well just how hard it is for a former soldier to get back to his usual life after being permanently scarred by the emotions and realities of war.
After having suffered a brain injury in Iraq, Sgt Marino had severe post-traumatic stress disorder, he decided that it was no longer worth dealing with everything anymore. The young man had come to terms with the fact that he will put an end to his life and all the suffering that came along with it.
And after having sat down to write a heart-wrenching note saying goodbye to his loved ones, Josh went out to smoke one last cigarette. But something happened that made him reconsider his decision and give life a second chance.
The man heard a weird noise coming from the bushes, and as he went to take a closer look, he noticed a cat crying for help. Instead of carrying his plan through, he took the cat inside and focused on helping her get back on its feet.
But the man says the kitten saved his life as well. By helping someone else (a cat in this case)
Army Sgt. veteran Josh Marino saved his own life, when we give without ulterior motives or agendas, we get back so much more.