Beto O’Rourke left a touching voicemail for a veteran struggling with PTSD.
The Senate candidate is an acquaintance of Marine veteran Lauren Withrow and left her the voicemail after she attempted suicide.
Withrow shared the full recording on Facebook, adding, “The best way for you to understand the Beto I know is to listen to one of his voicemails yourself.”
“As things have happened in the country, just seeing, you know, things about Beto being said — that he doesn’t support veterans, that he doesn’t respect veterans, that he doesn’t fight for veterans. I never intended to release the voicemail. I never intended to continue telling my story like I have, but I also couldn’t lay down my head at night knowing that I knew Beto’s character, that I knew the type of person he was and the type of senator he could be,” she explained.
Withrow first came to know O’Rourke in December 2017 after she interviewed him for her small county newspaper. She kept in touch after learning about his bipartisan commitment to health care for veterans — especially suicide prevention.
She claims to have lost more than 100 military friends to suicide. She also says the time and sacrifice that O’Rourke has given to the state is a “glimmer of hope.”