Vet Who Attempted Suicide: 'I Felt Like I Had Failed at Everything'
A veteran who says he tried to kill himself multiple times was on “The O’Reilly Factor” this evening.
David Waters told Bill O’Reilly that he went through more than 20 jobs in four to five years due to his depression, which started while he was in the Navy and progressed from there. Waters explained that his depression sometimes left him unable to get out of bed and interact with others, which is why he wasn’t able to hold onto a job. Medication didn’t help him either, he said.
“I felt like I had failed at everything in life,” Waters told O’Reilly.
Then, Waters found Stop Soldier Suicide, a not-for-profit founded by Brian Kinsella. Kinsella told O’Reilly that the organization talks with soldiers about the underlying causes of their suicidal feelings, and then it assigns case officers to them to provide a tailored solution.
Data shows that there are higher suicide rates among veterans and military personnel, Kinsella said. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System says there were 334 suicides involving active military personnel in 2014.
“We believe that it has to do with the transition process, and it’s about getting people to become productive members of society after they serve,” he explained.
Learn more about Kinsella’s organization at stopsoldiersuicide.org.