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Al Jazeera America

Chris Kyle Case
Andrew discusses PTSD and how it should have nothing to do with the Chris Kyle case.
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Al Jazeera America

SAV Act
Andrew speaks on the passing of the Suicide Prevention bill by the government for American Veterans.
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USA Today

Routh found Guilty, PTSD Article
Andrew O'Brien, a former Army convoy gunner diagnosed with PTSD who speaks at military bases and other organizations about the pitfalls of the disorder, said he watched in alarm as the trial seemingly unraveled much of his efforts breaking down stereotypes associated with the affliction...
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NHK World News

Large Japan Broadcasting Station
NHK visits Andrew in Austin to learn more about PTSD, due to the release of the movie American Sniper. Andrew speaks about his life experiences.


BBC World News

Learning about PTSD
Andrew is a guest on the radio show "World have your say" and did a 1 hour interview explaining PTSD, the symptoms and the stigma behind it.
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MSNBC Live Morning Show

American Sniper Trial
Andrew is a guest on the morning show, and speaks about Eddie Routh using PTSD to claim insanity. Andrew discusses the reality of PTSD...
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USA Today

Eddie Routh Murder Trial
But he also fears it could bring undue prejudice on veterans battling PTSD. O'Brien began speaking to others about the disorder after his own affliction forced him to nearly take his own life...
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NBC News

Chris Kyle Case
"We don't want the civilian world to be intimidated by us, to be scared or to wait for us to come in and shoot up people. I feel like that's what this is going to do," said Andrew O'Brien, a former Army convoy gunner who served in Iraq in 2008 and 2009..."
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KVUE Evening News

Memorial Day News
AUSTIN -- A soldier living in Lockhart is using his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder to give other service members hope through a documentary called Frozen in War.
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KVUE Live Morning News

Live Morning News Show
News interview the morning of the very first sneak peak into Frozen in War.
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48 Hours

National News Interview
After a traumatic childhood and tour of duty in Iraq, Andrew O'Brien, Michele Williams' youngest son, attempted suicide. Andrew talks to "48 Hours" about how he is using his experiences to help fellow soldiers and their families.
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Al Jazeera America

Live Interview
Al Jazeera America has Andrew O'Brien on the show to discuss Veteran Suicides.
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MTV

Life Continued: Defeating Depression
Andrew has small segments at the beginning of this episode sharing pieces of his story.
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WNCT 9 News

Army veteran on mission to keep others from attempting suicide
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - An Army veteran who once tried to commit suicide is now on a mission to keep others from doing the same. 25-year-old Andrew O'Brien is an Army vet from Texas who nearly died from a drug overdose in 2010.
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WCTI 12 News

Suicide survivor shares story with Naval Hospital staff
CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Andrew O'Brien had a tough time growing up, so he joined the Army looking for family and a life's mission. But in Iraq, he found himself vulnerable instead -- seeing the aftermath of an IED hitting a patrol truck.
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News 14 Carolina

Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital working to combat military suicides
JACKSONVILLE -- The Naval Hospital on Camp Lejeune is working to combat the growing suicide rate among military members.....
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AFN Korea

One man’s experience saves lives...
Speaking in front of hundreds of people can be a difficult task, even when your words can mean saving somebody's life. A special guest on Camp Casey shares his story with 2ID Soldiers and KATUSA's.
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Huffington Post

Vet Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign..
This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within the military. As part of the series, The Huffington Post contacted military service members and veterans who have considered suicide to learn what saved them from that irrevocable step....
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HuffPost Live

Invisible Casualties: Surviving Suicide
"Invisible Casualties" is a special series from The Huffington Post that shines a spotlight on the rise in military and veteran suicides. Veterans and families of victims join HuffPost Live to discuss how they dealt with the trauma of war.
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KXAN Austin

Encourages people to open about struggles
Iraq War veteran and suicide survivor Andrew O'Brien is helping others cope with PTSD. It's called the WYSH Project, encouraging people to be open about their struggles.
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LA Weekly

Army Veteran Andrew O'Brien Saw Something Terrible in Iraq -- So Terrible That He Attempted Suicide
He shouldn't have looked in the truck. The IED had blown it up and sent its occupants to Kingdom Come. "What I saw in there was the worst thing I will ever see in my life,"...
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Fox 7 Austin

Soldier deems crusade to stop military suicides a success...
We first introduced you to Andrew O'Brien and his story last March. When he was active duty army, the Iraq vet tried to kill himself, but he survived the drug overdose and that's given him a second chance and he's making the most of it..
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NBCNews.com

Iraq War veterans chilled by country's...
...said Andrew O’Brien, an Army convoy gunner who served in Iraq during 2008 and 2009, surviving an IED blast. He attempted suicide in 2010. “Now that I’m hearing about this, all I think about is the guys we lost in Iraq....
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ABC Madison, WI

Channel 27 WKOW
MADISON (WKOW) -- Startling statistics about military veteran suicides has prompted one survivor to share his story. Andrew O'Brien, from Texas, is an Iraq War veteran. He says he tried to take his own life after returning home.
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NBC Madison

Channel 15 WMTV
MADISON--Transitioning from a theater of war back to everyday life is a major battle for some returning soldiers. "You're taught how to put the uniform on and how to wear the uniform correctly," said Andrew O'Brien
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NBC Los Angeles

Channel 4 Southern California
Life can be extremely difficult for veterans returning home after war. Iraq War veteran Andrew O’Brien battled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and attempted suicide. Now, he meets with veterans and their families to talk about PTSD and military suicide
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Veterans Nation TV Show

Captured by the Veterans Network
Veterans Nation 38 - The Team interviews Andrew O'Brien from the WYSH Project. The Project uses a cross country tour bus for Andrew's visits to veterans organizations where he speaks to veterans with PTSD, telling of his own personal triumph over suicide attempts.
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KTLK 1150 AM

Radio show interview with KTLK
We Recently Spoke To A Motivational Speaker And Vet About Suicide... Read more: http://www.ktlkam1150.com/pages/DavidCruz.html?article=11452564#ixzz2XwBeUJMe
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Los Cerritos News

Interview with Newspaper
Young Veteran Dreams Big ‘WYSH’s’ For Troubled Soldiers Contemplating Suicide
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Houston Chronicle

Interview with the Houston Chronicle
Young veteran broaches taboo mental health topics...
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KVTA 1590

Radio interview with KVTA
Interview with Kelli McKay on News Talk Radio "Locals Only"
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KCWI 23 Des Moines IL

Live Morning Show
Andrew and Ryan go on to KCWI 23 live morning show. Watch the video by clicking the link.
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Fox Houston

Live Morning Show
Andrew and Ryan were interviewed on Fox Houston live on the weekend morning show on their 2nd day of tour.
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WOI TV ABC channel 5

Soldier recounts his struggle with PTSD
At the Iowa Statehouse Thursday, Iraqi War Veteran Andrew O'Brien spoke about what it is like to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The disorder is seen in many returning veterans, and has seen an increase in diagnosis since operations in Iraq have come to an end.
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WHO TV NBC 13

POST TRAUMATIC: Honoring Those Who Suffer
“It’s always on my mind because it was a pretty big event that just changed my life completely around ya know. When I woke up that next morning, I quickly realized how happy I was to be alive,” says Andrew O’Brien. O’Brien is a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress.
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Honolulu Star Advertiser

Front Page - Hawaii not immune to epidemic
Former Schofield Barracks soldier Andrew O'Brien got a second chance when he tried to kill himself in 2010 by gobbling down a handful of pills. He realized he had made a mistake as he felt his life slip away, called 911 and possibly is alive today because of it.
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Stars and Stripes Article

After suicide attempt, combat veteran finds his voice
AUSTIN, Texas — Just before dawn, Andrew O’Brien flipped his laptop open, turned on his webcam and prepared to tell the world the most personal story of his life. On the first try, the lump in his throat caught his voice and tears welled in his eyes. He tried again, he said, but the words kept jumbling together. His mind raced back to the night his world collapsed, to the horrible mistake he almost made.
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Texvet.org

Guest blog
Andrew O'Brien recently wrote a guest blog for Texvet.org, an online networking websites which supports Texas military, veterans and family members.
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FOX 7

Television Interview
A south Austin veteran by the name of Andrew O'Brien is trying to stop the epidemic of suicides among active duty military and veterans.
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ESPNAustin

Radio Interview
Originally from Dallas, SPC Andrew O'Brien joined the Army in 2008 following in the tradition of his family. After training in South Carolina and Missouri, SPC O'Brien was stationed in Hawaii for three years. His first and only deployment was to Iraq for 12 months where he saw many things, including his best friend shot more than five times.
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KXAN on Andrew O'Brien

KXAN spreads the word on Andrew O'Brien and military suicides.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Andrew O'Brien returned home in 2010 after a year of military service in Iraq. But coping on the home front wasn't easy, and he even attempted suicide. Paramedics arrived just in time to save his life. Now ,O'Brien has written "Welcoming Your Soldier Home," a guide for veterans and their families on how to support those at-risk, and he met with some Wednesday evening.
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NBC

Why modern soldiers are more susceptible to suicide
The armed forces mourned a grim toll in 2012 when more troops took their own lives than died in combat, but a precarious question remains: Why is the rate spiking when military life has long been a suicidal deterrent?
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4 WWL TV

News Report
Andrew O'Brien may have survived a tour in Iraq, but he nearly succumbed to the depression that followed when he returned. “I did attempt suicide. I attempted it in 2010. I took a bunch of pills and ...
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The Times Picayune

Iraq war veteran's death raises issue of post-traumatic stress
Probably no one will ever know what thoughts were going through Iraqi war veteran Jason Glover’s head when he allegedly pointed a handgun at a St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy Friday night. Fearing for his life, the deputy shot and killed Glover.
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Austin American Statesman

Featured Front Page Article
By Jeremy Schwartz American-Statesman Staff Just before dawn, Andrew O’Brien flipped his laptop open, turned on his webcam and prepared to tell the world the most personal story of his life. On the first try, the lump in his throat caught his voice and tears welled in his eyes...
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Military Suicide Research

Iraq War Veteran Andrew O'Brien Launches Indiegogo Campaign
Austin, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/03/2013 -- Last year 18 veterans took their own lives a day. This year 22 veterans and 1 active duty soldier took their lives a day. Andrew O'Brien was almost one of those numbers. Andrew attempted suicide in November of 2010, a year after returning from Iraq, while he was still in the active duty Army. He took a large amount of pills and the hospital was unable to wake him up, they were forced to shove a tube down his throat and pump his stomach full of coal. He was lucky enough to wake up the next morning, but 22 vets and 1 soldier a day aren't getting to wake up!
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News-Line

US Veteran Speaks Up and Saves Lives
This year, 22 veterans and one active duty soldier per day took their lives. Andrew O’Brien was almost one of them. In 2010 after returning home from a 12-month deployment in Iraq, Andrew decided he could no longer manage his PTSD and attempted suicide.
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The Gazette

Iowa Newspaper
PTSD speaker: Iraq war veteran Andrew O’Brien, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will speak at the Capitol at 12:30 p.m. April 18 O’Brien is the author of the book “Welcoming Your Soldier Home,” which offers tips to family members on recognizing PTSD and getting assistance for their soldier. O’Brien survived a suicide attempt and now wants to get the message out to veterans, active military servicemen, and families that there is hope and treatment for those with PTSD.
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SB Wire

Iraq War Veteran Andrew O'Brien Launches Indiegogo Campaign
Andrew attempted suicide in November of 2010, a year after returning from Iraq, while he was still in the active duty Army. He took a large amount of pills and the hospital was unable to wake him up, they were forced to shove a tube down his throat and pump his stomach full of coal. He was lucky enough to wake up the next morning, but 22 vets and 1 soldier a day aren't getting to wake up!
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Radio Interview

Austin Veteran Andrew O'Brien on Surviving Suicide
Almost once every hour – a U.S. military veteran takes his or her life. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 22 veterans commit suicide every day, on average. Austin veteran Andrew O’Brien almost become one of them. He survived a suicide attempt in 2010, after returning from a 12 month deployment to Iraq. Now he’s telling his story to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides.
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KOKE FM

Radio Interview
Andrew O’Brien joined us to discuss Military Suicides
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