Cat In The Bushes Saves Solider From Committing Suicide

Dec 2nd, 2019

A soldier’s life is never easy. Many are suffering from depression and probably because of the difficult life that they have to live with away from their loved ones. A soldier puts his or her life in danger but we know that this can lead to memories and experiences that will forever be etched in their minds and hearts.

Not all soldiers get to adapt to the life that they chose to follow. Some would suffer and one of them is a soldier named Josh Marino.

Josh was in the US military and he was deployed to Baghdad. His experience was not easy and he ended up suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Josh was not sure how he would be able to get through with his difficulties when he got back home. He may not have suffered from physical injuries, but emotionally, he was broken.

This is worse than any pain because people may not see it, but the person affected is confused, scared, and hopeless. This is what Josh had to deal with.

He said, “One day there was a mortar attack and a mortar exploded no more than ten feet to my right. I suffered traumatic brain injury and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.” He added, “A lot of us come home without realizing that we are bringing the war home with us. In a lot of cases, it’s an invisible wound that no one can see.”

Because of his difficulties, he decided that he could not go any further. He explained, “I took out one of my knives, set it to the side. I wrote a letter up on my computer and set it there on the desktop.” He then went outside to smoke his last cigarette in the rain. He felt that his situation was hopeless and he just can’t go on anymore.

Josh was already thinking of ending his own life. This is when his eyes caught something in the bushes – a little black kitten!

Josh said that the kitten walked up and started rubbing against his leg. They just met but the kitten already had a connection with him. He said, “I broke down crying, burst into tears. Maybe he knew there was something I couldn’t quite handle.”

For Josh, the kitten was his hero. It distracted him of his dark thoughts, enough for him to start thinking about his life and what he could do to help the stray cat. Since that night, Josh would take out food in his backyard to feed the kitten that he named ‘Scout. ’ The kitten gave Josh a purpose to live.

It restored his faith in himself. Once again, he became strong enough to be prepared to start a relationship, physically and mentally.

Things were going well in his life but a few months later, Scout disappeared. Josh tried to call for him multiple times but Scout was nowhere to be found.

Josh and his girlfriend were thinking of adopting a cat at Fort Riley stray animal shelter. But to their surprise, someone came back! It’s Scout!

The reunion was amazing and the odds of it happening was still something that you can only see in the movies. Because of Scout, Josh started to change for the better. He is already eating well, exercising more, and he also gave up smoking.

Thanks to the little kitten, Scout, who saved his life.