A DECORATED special forces soldier known as ‘Captain America’ has tragically committed suicide in front of his wife.
Green Beret Andrew Christian Marckesano, 34, served a dozen combat tours in danger zones, including six during the Afghan war.
His suicide was the 30th from the 2nd Battalion,508th parachute infantry regiment – which had the highest casualty rates of any US unit in Aghanistan.
The warrior’s friends have since revealed he never fully recovered from his tour with them in the deadly Arghandab Valley in 2009.
At the time the battle-scarred region was considered the most dangerous place on earth.
“That deployment was like being in the ring with Mike Tyson for a year,” the battalion’s former Command Sgt Major Bert Puckett said.
Master sergeant Marckesano was revered by his fellow soldiers and known to all as ‘Captain America.’
He earned a Silver Star for bravery and recently started working for the Pentagon.
Last Monday, after having dinner with his former commander, he returned to his home in Alexandria, Virginia, and took his own life.
It is not yet clear how he killed himself.
He was still on active duty and leaves behind three small children, reports the New York Post.
In the days before he died, he sent this message to fellow soldiers: “Text me, I told you before my door is open . . . my phone is at hand.
“We did things that people make movies about and in some cases, writers and producers wouldn’t even try to write our story.
“The rucksack is heavy . . . and when it gets heavy we [&$#*] help each other, but you have to reach out . . . Don’t let the Valley win.”
Records show 2009 was America’s third most deadly year of the war with 310 casualties.
In December, the 508th Infantry Regiment were sent to the Arghandab Valley to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
They were taking over from the 1-17th Infantry Regiment after they encountered heavy losses in battles with the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Around 20 combat veterans are now killing themselves every day in the country, according to military statistics.
Last month, President Trump launched the PREVENTS Task Force to aid veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
“My administration is marshaling every resource to stop the crisis of veteran suicide and protect our nation’s most treasured heroes,” Trump said.
“They’ve been through so much, and it’s such a deep-seated problem.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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