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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:24

Former Marine Tackles Veteran Suicide Through Song After His Brother’s Death: ‘That’s My Mission’

Written by  Susan Keating

John Preston can barely talk when he recounts losing his brother Michael, a veteran, to suicide. “I didn’t see it coming,” Preston tells PEOPLE. “He was falling apart, and I missed it.

” Now, the singer-songwriter — who is also a veteran — uses his music to help prevent suicide among those who served.

“I want to stop it from happening,” John says. “That’s my mission.”

A former Marine, John’s musical repertoire includes songs about suicide and its aftermath, and the proceeds go to suicide-prevention charities.

“Superman Falls,” about Michael, references a scene veterans instantly will understand. The song’s lyrics “seven hands on the trigger, pulling the trigger” places the listener at a military funeral, with its traditional 21-gun salute.

“Before I’m Gone” is a suicide note meant to dissuade someone from carrying out an irreversible final act.

A series of heartaches and struggles sent John on his lifesaving mission. After returning home from Iraq in 2004, John grappled with depression, post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse. Immersed in his own problems, he didn’t realize that his brother Michael, then a police officer, was also was in trouble.

“He was the strong one,” John says. “I never saw that he was struggling.”

In 2015, the brothers’ beloved father died.

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