Veteran groups sound alarm over soldier suicides
Veteran organizations and psychologists are raising concerns after two separate cases involving soldiers jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge have occurred.
Private Elizabeth Lynch-Gonzalez, 19, was supposed to deploy to Fort Hood in Texas last week. Instead, she leaped from the span Thursday morning.
In January, Army reservist Wolf Aristilde took his own life by jumping from the same bridge, months before he was supposed to deploy to Afghanistan.
Jerry Donellan, director of Rockland County's Veterans Service Agency, says soldiers may feel backed into a corner when the reality of leaving home arrives.
"They also don't feel they can back out of it without bringing disgrace to the family," Donellan says.