Marine Sniper Clay Hunt was one of the finest warriors and human beings this country had to offer. After leaving the Marines he joined a group called Team Rubicon that travels to places like Haiti on humanitarian missions. His experiences in Iraq were never far behind. He lost his battle with PTSD in 2011.
Former Marine Eusebio Collazo also swerved in Iraq and was wounded. He knows personally about the war warriors fight long after the battle has ended.
"PTSD is not something that should be taken lightly." he says.
Clay's parents sat down with Fox 26 shortly after his death.. and made this appeal to other vets.
"If anything good comes out the death of our son is that they might see this. They may talk to somebody to seek out help because there are other groups out there in addition to the VA and they are all heroes." says Stacy Hunt
Collazo has joined the veterans organization called Team Red, White & Blue.. Saturday morning the group is joining forces with team Rubicon.. Clay's former group.. They will hold a run in Memorial Park to honor Clay... The Houston chapter has over three hundred members. While it's mainly for veterans, it's open to everybody.
"What we offer is a way to get connected with the community through social activities and athletic events." says Robert Mason
The theory is that vets who feel more connected to the community and to other vets will realize others share their problems and care about them.. Will be able to contribute to their communities and will be less likely to commit suicide.. Whishful thinking? not really. .
"It works. I'm living proof that it works.. "
According to the VA the rate of suicides has gone up from 18 vets and one active duty a day, to 21 vets and one active duty a day. That's roughly one every 65 minutes.