Rebuilding From The Inside: Alejandro’s Story of Help and Hope

(Music) >>My name is Alejandro Delario. I work as a sierra instructor, still teaching for the military. What I like to do is, pretty much spend time with my family now that I am home and be a father. Almost every single male on my mom’s side of the family has served since World War II. So it’s more of a tradition. My seventeenth birthday I kind of forced my parents to enlist me into the Marine Corp and then I left right afterwards to Boot Camp. I was the youngest guy in the Company. It was a little different, there was a lot of older people but their main focus was ‘rebuild you from the inside out.’ That was my calling. Being on missions, on teams, small unit teams, working as a family, as a unit. We lost friends along the way. We hit uh what’s called a double stack anti-tank mine. everyone was blown out of the Hum-V. I was the only one that was still conscious. And when I was in the hospital injured I think I just had a lot… You know multiple deployments and schools being injured as well and frustrated not able to be out there with my boys, I started drinking a lot more. You know, knowing that alcohol is in play on both sides of the family. That was kind of like my avenue of escape from reality and my nightmares and my dreams and just remembering things. >>I know in the Marine Corp they always tell you to suck it up, you know, endure the suck. But I think I would tell a lot of people that they have to come to terms for themselves. You know and know they’re not just hurting themselves they’re hurting the family members and that’s the one thing they should never hurt is their family. Watching my daughter grow up for the first time you know, being in her life, finally, and now watching her grow up and grow into a young woman, having my wife, being around family, I knew everything was going to be okay. If you or someone you know is depressed or considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255. Active Military and Veterans can press one for support from the Veterans Crisis Line. Help is available and help works. It’s up to you, it’s your call.

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