Vet Reveals Moment He Almost Died Driving Drunk: ‘My Jeep Was Buried in This Ditch’

July 08, 2019 - 12:51 pm

By Jacquie Cadorette

Three combat veterans are revealing some of the most difficult moments of their lives after returning home from war.

On the fourth episode of “To War and Back,” life has slowed down for some of our veterans, but the thoughts in their head are turning dark. The podcast is a RADIO.COM original, created in partnership with Connecting Vets. 

After multiple surgeries and a tough rehabilitation, Marine Corps veteran Kirstie Ennis shared memories of her darkest day. “I wanted to throw in the towel and I decided I didn’t want to be awake on June 24, 2013, basically one year after my initial injuries.”

Ennis opened up about an emotional moment with her Dad (who was also a Marine) that changed her life. “The enemy couldn’t kill you and now you are going to do it for them?,” she revealed that he had asked her. 

It was those words that had Ennis rethinking her situation. “I thought I was doing everyone a favor by getting rid of me, and they don’t have to deal with my recovery or my issues anymore, but the reality is. my behavior was going to impact them even more,” she said.

Meanwhile, Marine Corps veteran Scott Huesing, whose transition from military to civilian life seemed smooth at first, but as the noise in his head increased, so did his alcohol abuse. 

Huesing took Briggs to the very site where his life almost ended after driving under the influence. “This is where I came to. With my jeep buried in this ditch, airbags all around me. Luckily, I had my seatbelt on. That’s the only thing that saved my life.”

“To War and Back” can be found on the RADIO.COM app and everywhere podcasts are available.

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