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Air Force vet raising money for Warrior's Heart Foundation

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An Air Force vet is making it his mission in life to help reduce the suicide rate among veterans with PTSD.

Chris Strickland is a partner at After-Burner, an Atlanta company that employs mostly veterans. He retired from the Air Force last year but his fighting didn't end there.

His new mission began several months ago after he visited Warrior's Heart Foundation in Bandera, Texas.

"I came home so invigorated. This is my new passion this is who I have to help," said Strickland.

The foundation is specifically for veterans and first responders. It's at a Texas ranch that can house 50 people at a time and help them to heal.

"It has a new meaning when the only people inside the fence and inside the room are those like you who have similar experiences like you and who have devoted their life to surviving like you," said Strickland.

Strickland says first responders are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. Veterans also struggle. The national average shows that 22 vets take theirs live every day.

"We're not good at showing vulnerability of how we need help we're good at serving those we want to serve we're not good at serving ourselves," said Strickland.

Strickland is holding a fundraiser in his hometown outside of Birmingham, Alabama to raise money for the foundation. He's asking people to purchase wooden flags made by vets at the Warrior's Heart Ranch. 

Those flags have a special meaning.

"It represents freedom, it represents everything we do and at warriors heart it represents their freedom from addiction," said Strickland.

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