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

by Rachel Alexander | July 11, 2015 1:32 pm

jnkrft[1]There 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.[2]

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[3]. It’s the least we can do to thank him for his service.

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