PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Every 65 minutes, a veteran in this country takes his or her own life.
The statistics on suicide and service members are alarming. Many veterans return home from combat and suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. But often, the complications of receiving benefits and the stigma associated with mental illness keep them from getting the help they need. One Maine veteran is using his own experience to help others.
A few years ago, Rich Brewer attempted suicide after decades of suffering from PTSD. When he sought help, he found the system frustrating and insensitive. He started One Warrior Won, a non-profit organization that provides education and support to past and present Service Members and their families. It focuses on PTSD and other issues that prevent returning vets from settling into civilian life. It's about what happened to us, and what happened to us was we were exposed to combat. We were forced to see and do things that most humans are never forced to do. And we received an injury, it's a psychological injury.
If you are a veteran in need of help, visit:
If you need immediate help, there is a also a Veteran's Crisis Line. That number is 1-800-273-8255. Or you can receive live, confidential help online by visiting their website.