PORTLAND (WGME) – A Maine veteran has made an emotional plea, and now his video is going viral.
Jeff Paradis created the video three weeks ago when he was visiting a friend and fellow veteran at Togus who had just attempted suicide.
The video now has well over 1 million views.
Jeff says he realizes some people may be offended by the raw language, but he says it’s worth it if it helps put a to stop to the veteran suicide epidemic.
According to a statistic released by the military, 22 veterans are dying because of suicide every day.
Jeff says the outpouring of support for his video has brought him to tears.
“I mean honestly it’s, this video has gone further than I could have ever dreamed, ever imagined, and obviously it is helping people and that’s, that’s what it’s all about,” Paradis said. “Brothers and sisters helping each other out. That’s all it’s about. You know what I mean, we are there for each other overseas, why can’t we be there for each other when we come back.”
Jeff has received more than 600 Facebook messages from people all over the world since the video was released.
He says some of those who contacted him say the video saved their lives.