Many veterans fight mental war at home - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Many veterans fight mental war at home

Robert Croom (right) works as a peer support specialist (Source: WOIO) Robert Croom (right) works as a peer support specialist (Source: WOIO)
Croom suffers from PTSD (Source: WOIO) Croom suffers from PTSD (Source: WOIO)
Many veterans return home to face a new battle (Source: WOIO) Many veterans return home to face a new battle (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It’s a silent war, a war you won’t hear veterans talk about.

For thousands of vets, the battle does not stop when they come home.

Hundreds of veterans right here in northeast Ohio are struggling with mental health issues and even suicide.

Cleveland 19’s Sara Goldenberg spoke with one veteran who survived several suicide attempts and is now helping others fight their own battles.

Robert Croom proudly served his country. Now he's speaking out in hopes of saving other veterans struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and thoughts of suicide. He knows firsthand what it feels like.

"I had periods of my life when I just didn't think I had any value to anyone. A lot of times it's not just what we think about ourselves. We feel like we are hurting someone else, so we feel like it would be better for us not to be around," Croom said. "Several times I tried to overdose on drugs, hoping I would never wake up."

Croom now works at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center as a peer support specialist.

He’s one of many trying to prevent veterans from committing suicide.

This Veterans Day, walk in a veteran’s shoes. Hear Robert Croom’s story, and what you need to know about veteran suicide Wednesday night at 11 p.m. on Cleveland 19.

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