The world is increasingly aware that some war veterans still go through hell even after leaving the battlefield. For instance, Lance Shingler, a 34-year-old war veteran, made the devastating decision to take his life after losing 9 of his friends to war.
For such a young man, this was quite a blow to his family.
When war veterans re-enter society, they are often traumatized and struggling with psychological issues that few of us can not even imagine understanding.
After seeing horrifying scenes of gore, and watching helplessly as their friends and colleagues die in unbelievably brutal ways, war veterans have a lot to deal with after leaving the army.
That is why life can never be truly normal for such soldiers.
Coming to terms with the fact that they have lost so much, especially their friends, can be very difficult.
That is why many of them end up addicted to drugs. Others have PTSD or end up in the streets after losing their sense of direction in life.
For this young man, the negative effects of the war were just too much to handle. That is why he decided to end his own life.
Lance found the reality of burying 9 of his friends unbearable. Although his buddies died fighting for what they believed was right, the toll their deaths took on Lance was unbearable.
However, his death does not make things any easier.
Shingler Had A Family
His death leaves two innocent kids without a father. One of his kids is 8, and the other is 6.
Half a decade of service in Iraq caused a lot of psychological issues. He was in combat from 2003 to 2005, which left him with severe PTSD after leaving the army.
Trauma is tough enough to handle. Consequently, losing nine friends on top of it all was more than he could take.
Before his death, Shingler was found unresponsive at home, and he was quickly taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to revive him.
According to the man's wife, he was "screaming" for help but nobody was listening to him.
His family also revealed that Shingler loved them and that there is nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with them.
His other love was the ocean, and he would spend a lot of time on the shore.
That is why his death will remain a shock to his young family. Those close to him knew him as a man who loved life, his family, and friends.
Considering the trauma the young war veteran went through, it's truly saddening that he cut his life short so unexpectedly.