Iraq war veteran, 25, shoots himself after battle with PTSD
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 27, 2012
Once every half hour in America, a veteran tries to commit suicide according to VA figures for 2011
We’ll never know how many Civilian Contractor Suicides , how many could be prevented
The Daily Mail July 27, 2012
On a warm summer afternoon, Michael Ecker, a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran, called out to his father from a leafy spot in their backyard.
Then, as the two stood steps apart, Michael saluted, raised a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
‘His eyes rolled back,’ his father, Matt, said softly as he recounted the 2009 suicide. ‘There was just nothing I could do.’
Weeks before he killed himself at the family’s home in Champion, Ohio, Michael received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs accusing him of ‘over-reporting’ the extent of his psychiatric problems. Read more here