Posted on August 1, 2015
Dark thoughts pressed in upon him, crushing promise like the heel of a boot. For the former Marine, it felt as if he didn’t have a prayer.
“It was very ugly,” James (who asked his real name not be used) said as he remembered the depression that had settled over him. “I battled suicidal thoughts every day. I thought, ‘What’s the point of life?’ ”
It was an about-face for the confident 23-year-old who had honorably served four years in the Marine Corps. Standing tall through three deployments, James had been at-the-ready to protect U.S. embassies, and on the ground with his infantry battalion in Iraq.