Lawmaker introduces Brandon Act to improve troops’ access to mental health care
Over the past two years, Patrick and Teri Caserta have tried to create a positive legacy for their son, a 21-year-old sailor who died by suicide June 25, 2018, after throwing himself into the spinning tail rotor of a MH-60s helicopter at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
A command investigation into Brandon Caserta’s death determined that belligerent and brash leadership of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 contributed to his decision to end his own life. He felt alone, stuck and afraid of retaliation, his parents said.
After fighting the Navy for accountability and urging Congress to make changes, the Casertas are finally seeing progress.
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