Master Sergeant Andrew Christian Marckesano’s friends and family are now mourning the life of their real-life Captain America after he took his own life on July 6th. He had just landed his dream job working for the Pentagon. He had a hero’s heart while serving his country and completed six full tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne and the Ranger regiment. However, one tour would haunt him forever according to his friends and family. Marckesano served in Afghanistan’s Arghandab Valley with a battalion that had one of the highest casualty rates. His suicide is the 30th to take place from his battalion. He leaves behind his wife and three small children. This epidemic is at the forefront of the White House, as just last month President Trump launched the PREVENTS Task Force to help lower veteran suicides.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, there is help. The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255. You can also text the Veterans Crisis Line at 838-255 where someone is available to give confidential support 24/7. There are additional resources available at https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/mental-health/suicide