More men and women serving in the military committed suicide in 2012 than died during battle.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or P-T-S-D plays a big role in the lives of many veterans. Sometimes, they don't know they have it, but as the problem grows, so does awareness.
Rob Bradley is happy with his job as lumber manager at the Home Depot on Hershberger Road. But happiness eluded him for much of the past 20 years, "Knowing that you can't save those who are helping was the biggest part for me," Bradley said.
Bradley was a medic in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait. On the outside, he resumed a normal life; inside, something was wrong. Like many veterans returning home, Bradley had undiagnosed PTSD.
"I had a gun cabinet. I never thought about killing myself, but I could see it."
He needed help so he came to the Center for Traumatic Stress at the Salem Veterans Affairs Hospital.
"It has given me a new lease on life to be honest with you. I don't look outside in this tunnel vision anymore, I actually see the world for what it is," said Bradley.
"There's nothing you can do when someone's dead, but there's a lot to do when someone's suffering and when they can get help but there's not much you can do when they're no longer here," said Dr. Dana Holohan, the director of the center.
Holohan says PTSD knows no age that veterans all the way from World War II come here. She says the heightened awareness and increase of facilities like this really do enhance the lives of these veterans.
In some ways, it's ironic that Bradley manages the lumber department at Home Depot.
Who better to help people build things than a man whose rebuilt himself?