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A decorated Green Beret who served six tours in Afghanistan committed suicide on July 6 — two days after celebrating the Fourth of July with his friends and family. Master Sergeant Andrew Christian Marckesano leaves behind a wife and three small children.
Marckesano’s suicide was the 30th from this battalion, Fox News reported. About 20 combat veterans kill themselves every day, with most suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome due to their exposure to the horrors of war.
Friends who served with Andrew Marckesano called him the real “Captain America.” Days before committing suicide, Marckesano sent an encouraging text to his battalion, urging them to stay positive.
Marckesano wrote: “Text me, I told you before my door is open. My phone is at hand. We did things that people make movies about and in some cases, writers and producers wouldn’t even try to write our story. The rucksack is heavy. And when it gets heavy we help each other, but you have to reach out. Don’t let the Valley win.”
Marckesano served six full tours in Afghanistan and in six other combat tours overseas. He was a decorated Green Beret who was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat.
Marckesano was scheduled to start a new job at the Pentagon, and had just moved to Washington, D.C. to begin his new life.
But two days after the Fourth of July, Marckesano committed suicide in front of his wife, shortly after returning home from dinner with his former battalion leader.
Friends said Marckesano was deeply traumatized by his multiple stints in Afghanistan, where his battalion suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any unit during the war.
President Trump has been blocked by Democrats for trying to end America’s bloody, 20-year involvement in the unending war in Afghanistan.
In March, President Trump said it’s time for American troops to leave Afghanistan.
“Eventually, countries have to take care of themselves,” Trump said. “We can’t be there for another 20 years. We’ve been there for 20 years, protecting the country. Eventually, they’re going to have to protect themselves. This should have been done a long time ago. You can only hold somebody’s hand for so long. We have to get back to running our country too.”
(Source Fox News)
In June, President Trump launched the PREVENTS Task Force at a White House ceremony to stem the national tragedy of veteran suicide.
“My administration is marshaling every resource to stop the crisis of veteran suicide and protect our nation’s most treasured heroes,” Trump said. “They’ve been through so much, and it’s such a deep-seated problem.”
President Trump said:
“Ending the tragedy of veteran suicide demands bold action at every level of society. Twenty veterans and service members take their own lives every single day. The loss of our heroes breaks our hearts and pains our souls.
They come home from these active battlefields and active places; and, all of a sudden, they’re left, sometimes, alone; and you have a hard time with it. They fought our battles overseas, and now we must join them in winning this new battle at home.”
While today’s radical left stokes race wars, riots, tears down historic statues, holds nationwide marches, and televised funeral extravaganzas for career criminals, U.S. military veterans suffer in silence.
Let us never forget the sacrifices they made to ensure all our freedoms.
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