My name is Damian, and I represent the battles veterans fight within themselves on a daily basis. You see, I have been programmed into their way of life, making them feel anxious, angry, alone and even violent. I am there when they close their eyes, I am there when they are alone and I am even there when they are surrounded by loved ones.
I may remain hidden for many years or jump on my prey at a moment’s notice. I may force veterans to drink, use drugs and even take a veteran to the darkest of places.
I am part of the veteran and will never leave them.
Damian represents suicide, and he doesn’t care who you are. He has the ability to take any one of us at any time if we let him. In the SAVE22 family, we provide support and resources to help fight against Damian and the demons he represents. We reach out to veterans using a common core set of values we all learned while serving in the military: