An Iraq War vet injured by a bomb in 2003 provided a picture of the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee when he told lawmakers how he received care for post-traumatic stress disorder only after he attempted suicide, according to a story by Politico.
Daniel Williams said Thursday that in 2004 he locked himself in his bathroom, took out his .45 and shoved it into his mouth, according to the Politico report.
He said his former wife, Carol, called the police and when they arrived, he argued with them, according to Politico.
"When they kicked open the door I pulled the trigger, but by the grace of God the weapon misfired,” Williams was quoted as saying.
Williams told the committee that the VA's community outreach to veterans needs to be improved and added that "the current system “makes you want to give up,” the Politico report says.
Servicemembers compare the passage of days during a deployment to the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which actor Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. At home, the absence of a pivotal member of the family can make the days feel shapeless, lacking the structure that makes a family schedule tick along. Days come and go, uneventful, stressful and significant alike. We might wish we could bypass a birthday or an anniversary or save it until deployment is done, but we can’t. Those days go by, celebrated or not.