Perhaps better than anyone else, those who’ve experienced the horrors of war can understand what might drive someone to commit suicide. And then there’s Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. He knows that other factors can drive a man to the brink.
Active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces are taking their own lives at a rate of almost one per day so far this year, according to a news report today which attributes the high numbers, in part, to the toll of wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan.
For Stewart, a highly-decorated combat veteran, it wasn’t the horrors of war that led him to attempt suicide in August 2009. It was something he never saw coming. Something he couldn’t fathom. Something I write about in my first nonfiction book, “Three Days In August,” about his life, his wrongful conviction, his time behind bars and, now, his battle to clear his name.
To read an excerpt from the book in which I reveal what happened in Stewart’s life immediately after he was found guilty on charges that ended his stellar career as a Special Forces soldier, click here.