Veteran's desperate plea for PTSD help goes viral

A FOX 10 EXCLUSIVE

A veteran turns to social media with a desperate plea for help and after three days, her viral video has more than one million views. The Arizona woman says she's now getting the answers she needs.

Melanie McRae served in the Army for six years. Her husband is active-duty and they met in Arizona, but now he's in South Korea, and she says he's fighting a battle for his life.  He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and until she uploaded a video to her Facebook page, she wasn't confident he was getting the help he needs.

"My name is Melanie McRae. I am doing this because I have no other options."

"I contacted his chain of command.. that my husband was suicidal that I didn't think he was getting the care that he needed and that some serious action needed to happen.. I was then pretty much pushed off to the side," said McRae, who also contacted elected officials, including Senator John McCain's office.

McRae says she was tired of waiting for answers, so she turned to social media as a last resort.  Then her video went viral and thousands of Facebook users shared her plea for help.

"I'm beyond shocked.. I never, ever would have imagined this at all," she said.

McRae says just hours after the video was uploaded, she got some answers.  Military officials said her husband is safe and in the care of professionals.

"I want to thank you all, even if you think that one share is all you could do. It has gotten my voice heard," she said.

A voice she hopes brings attention to an epidemic. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, at least 22 veterans commit suicide each day and that's the real message she wants going viral.

"For people to wake up and cut through the political red tape and fix this problem we have."

We contacted Sen. McCain's office and a spokesperson says they are aware of the issue.  They've been in contact with McRae and have reached out to the Army on her behalf.

We also want to share some information for veterans looking for help.  You can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. Just press 1 when you get through.


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