Josh Marino, an army sergeant suffered a traumatic brain injury during his deployment to Iraq. A mortar hit just 10 feet from him which led to the injury. Josh came back completely changed from Baghdad.
Josh developed post-traumatic stress disorder and was emotionally tormented from his time in the Middle East. Eventually, one day he decided to take his own life after failing to handle the stress. He wrote a letter on his computer and set it there on the desktop. And I went downstairs and I walked out the backdoor of the barracks to smoke a cigarette in the rain. It was going to be his last one. But as he was about to take his life, he heard a ‘meow’ coming from the bushes behind him. A kitten emerged and began rubbing against his leg.
Josh broke down crying and burst into tears. He stopped thinking about all his problems and started thinking about all the problems of the kitten and how he could help him. Later, everyday Josh would go outside with a packet of tuna in a paper plate. The Kitten ate his food and hop up on his lap. After a little while, he recognized by voice.
This cat gave Josh something to look forward to everyday. Here’s a video created by Mutual Rescue which illustrates Josh’s story-
P.S.- Lucky mate!