Fireworks trigger vet’s PTSD and he takes his own life

Fireworks trigger vet’s PTSD and he takes his own life

jnkrftThere are some things you cannot fix in life, no matter how hard you try. There will always be evil people in the world, so we need a military to protect society from them. But as a consequence, the fighting traumatizes some soldiers worse than others.

Local 8 reports on one sad story,

On July 4th, Jon Kreft says he and his brother Mike were in a bar playing pool, when Mike, an Army Combat veteran, began hearing fireworks.

“I was walking behind him, and every time a firework would go off, he was covering his ears and he would jump and flinch,” says Jon. “Then he just started crying and started running down the road.”

He followed Mike home. He knew his brother’s PTSD had been triggered by the fireworks. He was going to play music to soothe him.

“He went to the bedroom, and right when I was about to get the play button going, I look up, and he looks at me and says I love you.”

The 27 year-old shot and killed himself.

All we can do is make the best efforts to see that our veterans are fully taken care of when they return from service, with adequate medical treatment and any psychological counseling necessary. Sadly, many of our veterans have been failed proper treatment under the Obama administration. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the Kreft family with funeral expenses here. It’s the least we can do to thank him for his service.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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