Suicide never entered his mind. Then 9/11 happened.

Chief Warrant Officer Cliff Bauman was a block away from the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. He spent the next two days searching for survivors and finding only bodies.

He was diagnosed with PTSD roughly a year later, and attempted suicide in December 2002.

Now he is healthy and happy and won the Soldier’s Medal for saving three lives in 2009, reports Alia E. Dastagir for USA Today.

Learn his story, and learn about the problems of suicide and PTSD in the military here.

Suicide Lifeline: If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.

The Military Crisis Line, online chat and text-messaging service are free to all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve and veterans, even if you are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

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