Fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations triggered a Georgia veterans post traumatic stress, which led to him taking his own life, family says.
Jon Kreft says he and his brother Mike were in a bar playing pool, when Mike, an Army Combat veteran, began hearing fireworks.
“I was walking behind him, and every time a firework would go off, he was covering his ears and he would jump and flinch,” says Jon. “Then he just started crying and started running down the road.”
He followed Mike home. He knew his brother’s PTSD had been triggered by the fireworks. He was going to play music to soothe him.
“He went to the bedroom, and right when I was about to get the play button going, I look up, and he looks at me and says I love you.” The 27 year-old shot and killed himself.
Mike Kreft served in the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Infantry, in Afghanistan.
“He was a brave, caring, and loving person. Mike loved being a part of VSU and his Blazer Community. He was the standard of a great man, and we are forever grateful for his service to our country,” the family wrote on a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses and set up a memorial.
Mike Kreft was laid to rest July 10.
[ WCTV ]