This fine-looking young man is now dead.
Iraq War veteran Daniel Somers (30 years old) took his own life on June 10, but not before writing this letter to his family.
You must not blame yourself. The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.
To force me to do these things and then participate in the ensuing coverup is more than any government has the right to demand. Then, the same government has turned around and abandoned me. They offer no help, and actively block the pursuit of gaining outside help via their corrupt agents at the DEA. Any blame rests with them.
The military may drive you to suicide. Stay out of it. There are many reasons for doing so, but your life is a pretty important one.1:50 pm on June 23, 2013 Email Laurence M. Vance