A veteran is asking for help from an organization that offers mental health support to veterans.
It is a unique program that vets can use to seek help from other veterans with mental health issues.
“I have been through a lot of adversity,” said Ashley Loomis.
“My father was murdered by an angry mob, my grandfather was shot in the head, I lost a leg in the war and a lot more.”
“I’m trying to survive my injuries.
I’m trying my best to keep going,” said Loomidis.
Ashley Loomiscas father, Bill Loomidis, was shot dead in a car accident in 2016.
She lost her leg in a firefight and her grandfather in a shootout in Vietnam.
“My mom, my dad, they were all in the army,” said Lauren Loomin.
“It’s so hard to have all of that happen to you, especially a guy that I love so much, I don’t know how I’m going to keep my mind from being messed up.”
The VA says mental health is a top priority for veterans.
In fact, veterans have the highest rate of mental health care in the nation.
It was created to help veterans in need and to support their families.
“It is a very complicated situation, it is very difficult for a veteran to cope with it, to be out in the world,” said Chris Schaffer with the VA.
“And so I think there’s a lot to be said for just making sure that you know that you’re OK, that you have the support that you need, to know that it’s OK to have some time off and to take time to heal and to get some help, and that you don’t have to be isolated and not feel alone.”
Ashley is now a registered therapist with the Veterans Suicide Prevention Project.
She is not only helping other veterans in her life, but helping veterans in a way that doesn’t necessarily involve military service.
She has helped veterans navigate life with a new identity and new hopes and goals.
“As a veteran of the military, I am proud of that I got to go through that experience and learn so much,” said Schaffer.
“I’m proud of the veterans who have gone through that.”
Ashleigh has been doing that.
She is helping veterans and those who have served find some of their own purpose and some new meaning in their lives.
“The purpose of being a therapist is to help people and I believe I’ve been able to do that and that I’ve helped a lot and that’s what I love to do, and I hope to continue to do,” said Amy Loom.
“We have so many veterans that are living the lives that they want to live and we are just helping them find some kind of meaning.”
The Veterans Suicide Reduction Project is open to all veterans and their families, and the veterans are able to access resources and help from a wide variety of programs, like mental health, substance abuse treatment, job training, and employment and education.