Battling the Storm Within

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Iraq Veteran Takes His Own Life After No One Answers His Suicide Hotline Call

Thomas Young
Thursday, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) chaired a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, at which he told the story of 30-year-old Thomas Young, an Illinois veteran who struggled with alcohol addiction and PTSD after serving in Iraq.

Sometime between July 22 and 23, 2015, Young called the VA's suicide hotline in desperate need of help, but he didn't get an answer. After leaving a message, Young went to the local Metra tracks, lay down, and was killed by an oncoming train. It wasn't until the next day that the hotline returned Young's call.


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