The Washington Post profiles San Diego Navy Seal Robert Guzzo Junior who took his own life after suffering PTSD
Adding that the military actively campaigns to de-stigmatize the perception that reporting PTSD would harm anyone's career.
The stigma is you're weak,'" Dr. Michael Mantell told NBC 7 in an interview about PTSD. "There's a fear of overreacting and people saying 'we're going to hospitalize this guy, he's crazy' and there are judgments about this person's character, too. [People may think] he's ripping off the system."
After four months at home, Robert's mother encouraged him to see a psychiatrist in San Diego.
It seemed to be helping, but Robert was also drinking heavily and talking with friends about what he witnessed.
Last Veterans Day, he shot himself, leaving behind a family who loved him and a daughter who will never really know him.
"I'm not going to hide how he died," Robin said. "People need to know this is what happened and it could happen to other veterans."
Robin also told the Washington Post that other SEALs began privately seeing civilian psychiatrists along with her son because they too were afraid it would hurt their careers if they told the Navy.
Watch the Washington Post's report here: