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Local veteran shares his story to help others

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Local veteran shares his story to help others

COMMITTEDOURSELVES TOFURTHERING THECONVERSATIONREGARDING MENTALHEALTH IN OURFINDING HOPESERIES.TONIGHT -- THEY SAYIT'S ALWAYS DARKESTBEFORE THE DAWN.AND FOR CONRADJEFFRIES... THAT'SCERTAINLY TRUE.6 ON YOUR SIDE'SFRANKIE KATAFIASINTRODUCES US TO ALOCAL VETERAN WHOSAYS HIS SOBRIETYSAVED HIS LIFE...IN TONIGHT'SFINDING HOPE.I STARTED DRINKINGWHEN I THINK I WAS13 OR 14OVER 20 YEARSLATER CONRADJEFFRIES RECALLSHIS FIRSTENCOUNTERS WITHALCOHOL.

A SMALLTOWN BOY WITH BIGDREAMS AND AFAMILY DIVIDED BYDIVORCE THEREWERE TWO THINGSCONRAD WANTED INHIS LIFE.

A CAREERAND A FAMILY.I NEVER FELT LIKE IHAD A FAMILY AFTERTHAT, I JUST DIDN'TAND SO THE MILITARYI FOUND THATBROTHERHOOD.THEY REALLYBECAME MY FAMILYTHE AMERICAN FALLSNATIVE JOINED THECOAST GUARD IN2001 AND THEN IN2006 JOINED THEARMY NATIONALGUARD.

HE HAD HISDREAM JOB AND THEFAMILY UNIT HELONGED FOR.

BUTEVEN A SUCCESSFULCAREER IN THEMILITARY COULDN'TPROTECT CONRADFROM HIS BATTLEWITH ALCOHOLISM.I ALWAYS HINDEREDMY OWN CAREERBECAUSE OFALCOHOL INCIDENTSEVEN THOUGH HESTRUGGLED WITH HISADDICTIONTHROUGHOUT HISCAREER CONRADTELLS 6 ON YOURSIDE (FOX 9 NOW) HELOVED HIS TIME INTHE MILITARY ANDDESPITE HISSTRUGGLES HE WASEVEN AWARDED THESTATE OF IDAHO'SNON-COMMISSIONEDOFFICER OF THEYEAR AWARD IN2013.BUT AFTERTHREE ALCOHOLRELATED RUN INSWITH THE LAWCONRAD WASDISCHARGED FROMTHE MILITARY.IT ALL SUNK IN ATONCE AND YOU GETTO THAT POINTWHERE YOU'RE LIKE IDON'T WANT TO DO ITANYMORE.

I CAN'TREBUILD FROM HEREHOW DO I COME BACKFROM THIS?AFTER LOSING HISCAREER, HISMILITARY FAMILY ANDTRACK OF HISFINANCES TOALCOHOLISM.CONRAD WENT TOREHAB IN ARIZONA TOGET SOBER.A YEAR AFTERGETTING SOBER HEFOUND HIMSELFSTRUGGLING TOACCEPT HIS REALITYI JUST REMEMBER ITBEING A SATURDAY.IHAD A PLAN, I GOT TOTHAT MOMENT.HE WAS PREPAREDTO TAKE HIS OWNLIFE.IN THAT MOMENT, IREALLY STARTED TODISSECT WHY I HADGOTTEN THERE .THERE'S MORE TOSUICIDE THEN JUST"THIS IS A VETERANSUICIDE" THERE ISLAYERS TO THISTHINGHIS FIRST YEAR OFSOBRIETY FORCEDHIM TO FACE AREALITY HE HADSPENT SO MUCH TIMEMASKING WITHALCOHOL AND WHILEIT MAY HAVETRIGGERED ANEGATIVE REACTIONIT ULTIMATELY SAVEDHIS LIFEI SAY THIS ALL THETIME, IF I STILL HADBEEN DRINKING ATTHAT POINT, RIGHT.I PROBABLYWOULD'VE MADE ADUMB DECISIONNOW OVER THREEYEARS SOBER,CONRAD REMINDSHIMSELF THAT EVENON A BAD DAY,KEEP FIGHTINGBECAUSE YOU KNOWDEEP DOWN INSIDEI'VE NEVER BEEN ONETO QUIT.FRANKIE KATAFIAS 6ON YOUR SIDEON THURSDAY...FRANKIE KATAFIASSHARES PART TWOOF CONRAD'S STORYAND EXPLAINS HOWHE'S WORKING ONCHANGING SUCIDEPREVENTIONPROGRAMS LOCALLYAND NATIONALLY.IN THE MEANTIME, IFYOU'D LIKE TO KNOWMORE ABOUTCONRAD... VISIT OURWEBSITE 6 ON YOURSIDE DOT COM ANDCLICK THE 'FINDINGHOPE' TAB.IF YOU'RE AN ACTIVEDUTY SERVICEMEMBER, VETERAN,MEMBER OF THENATIONAL GUARD.RESERVE OR AFAMILY MEMBER TOTHE ANY OF THEABOVE AND FEELANXIOUS OR HAVETHOUGHTS OFSUCIDE YOU CANALWAYS CALL ORTEXT THE NUMBERSON YOUR SCREE




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