Bringing light to veteran suicide
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Ronnie Smith is a veteran who returned from war in 2003 and suffers from PTSD.
“I woke up with nightmares and cold sweats and disliked people and didn't want to be around people," Smith said.
The Veteran’s Affair said many times veterans don't have the access to health care service or get addicted to painkillers which could lead to suicide and overdoses. Smith said he's not surprised because of the things soldiers go through.
"What I experienced was a lot of body parts and a lot of trauma" "just overwhelming," Smith said.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said nearly 40,000 veterans in the U.S are homeless, mainly due to mental and health problems. Luckily Smith has supportive family and friends. He said groups like the American Legion Post also helps him along the way.
"It's a great place to be for veterans who are going through many things just like you are because you have several veterans who have different backgrounds and they help you along the way," Smith said.
“Regardless of the uniform these people wear, we all have the same purpose,” Randolph Boschulte, Commander at Legion Post 809 said.
There are resources and support groups available for veterans. For more information click here.