A adorned Green Beret who served a dozen fight excursions, together with six in Afghanistan, dedicated suicide final week in entrance of his spouse, changing into the 30th member of his elite battalion to kill himself, in response to studies.
Grasp Sgt. Andrew Christian Marckesano, 34, was known as “Captain America” to his fellow troopers within the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned a Silver Star for bravery and had just lately moved to Washington, DC, to work on the Pentagon.
However on July 6, after having dinner along with his former battalion commander, Marckesano returned house and dedicated suicide in entrance of his spouse. He was nonetheless on lively obligation and leaves behind three babies.
It was not clear how he killed himself.
Within the days earlier than he died, he despatched an upbeat message to his fellow troopers: “Textual content me, I instructed you earlier than my door is open . . . my telephone is at hand. We did issues that folks make films about and in some circumstances, writers and producers wouldn’t even attempt to write our story . . . the rucksack is heavy . . . and when it will get heavy we [&$#*] assist one another, however it’s a must to attain out . . . Don’t let the Valley win,” in response to Fox Information.
Family and friends stated Marckesano by no means actually bought previous his 2009 tour in Afghanistan’s Arghandab Valley with the 2-508 battalion, which had one of many highest mortality charges within the conflict.
“That deployment was like being within the ring with Mike Tyson for a yr,” the battalion’s former Command Sgt. Main Bert Puckett instructed Fox.
Marckesano is one in all an estimated 20 fight veterans who’re killing themselves day by day, in response to army statistics. Final month, President Trump launched the PREVENTS Process Drive to help veterans affected by post-traumatic stress.
“My administration is marshaling each useful resource to cease the disaster of veteran suicide and shield our nation’s most treasured heroes,” Trump stated. “They’ve been by way of a lot, and it’s such a deep-seated downside.”