Preventing military suicides

4:51 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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NAMPA, Idaho (KTVB) -- An Idaho Army veteran has created an organization to help veteran's combat issues after leaving the military.

Warrior Pointe meets at a Nampa church every Monday night.

Chief Executive Officer Reed Pacheco is a veteran.

"I dealt with a lot of my trauma and stuff that I went through during the military," said Pacheco. "I started drinking and used that to cover my emotions and what I was going through."

Pacheco was a Blackhawk Crew Chief in the Army in from 1990 to 1996. He said he came close to suicide after leaving the military, but he was able to get help at the Boise VA.

"We did the group classes, and after the classes were over, I felt myself slipping back into that grip," Pacheco said.

The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs says in 2010, 22 veterans committed suicide every day.

"It's an astounding rate, and it's a shame," said Pacheco.


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