He was going to commit suicide and lit his last cigarette – but suddenly he heard a strange noise coming from the bushes
Soldiers take the battlefield and protect the lives of many Americans. Sacrifice, pain, and wounds are a part of the battlefield. Many times they are left scarred and many physical and mental problems haunt them for life. And sometimes, those mental and physical battle scars lead them to what they think is the only way out – suicide.
A MILITARY SOLDIER
Joshua Marino from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had joined the United States army in 2001. It was in 2007 that he was deployed to Iraq, near Baghdad. It was there that he was hit by a violent explosion which left him with a traumatic brain injury, internal damage to the nerve tissue of the brain. As the injuries were more of internal, he was considered fit for the service and didn’t return to the US till 2008.
PROBLEMS AND SCARS
After some time, Joshua started suffering from memory loss and concentration issues. He had frustration being built up as his comrades couldn’t understand what he was going through. So he decided to end his life and went out to smoke what he thought was the last cigarette of his life.
A FURRY HOPE
Joshua sat there all depressed and had in mind that he had to end his life. Just then he felt that there was something in the bushes. A little meow and a cute cat came out of the bushes.
“He just walked up and started rubbing up against my leg and let me pet him,” Joshua said. “I broke down crying, burst into tears. Maybe he knew there was something I couldn’t quite handle.”
A RAY OF HOPE
The cat was a kind of hope and Joshua decided not to commit suicide. He started feeding the cat daily and she would often take a long nap on Joshua’s knee. He had started thinking only about her and all his problems had vanished from his mind. The cat would appear as soon as Joshua called for her and made Joshua a happy person. He named the cat “Scout”.
A BEAUTIFUL BOND
One fine day, when Joshua called out for the cat, it was all gone and it really hurt him as she had made an enormous impact on his life. A few months later, Joshua and his girlfriend decided to adopt a cat and went to the Fort Riley Stray Animal Shelter.
A BOND UNBREAKABLE
While finding for a cat to adopt, Joshua saw a recognized paw and immediately a black and white cat sprang up and smacked Joshua on his left arm. Joshua’s happiness knew no bounds and he immediately adopted her. This bond you see was inseparable and they are together forever now.