Grant County family working to prevent veteran suicide after losing their son

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POTOSI, Wis. (WMTV) -- Brandon Weber served in the Marines for six years. He was out of the service and living back home in Potosi for six months before he took his own life.

During his military career, Weber traveled the world serving at U.S. Embassies around world. He’s worked on details to protect President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

“In his 30 years he's done more than we'll ever done in our entire lifetime,” Brandon’s mom Cathy Weber said.

Brandon was even an extra in the Mark Wahlberg movie “Mile 22.”

He was honorably discharged from the Marines after six successful years of service. He moved back home to Potosi, Wisconsin in June and was planning on starting school at the beginning of the year.

His parents said he seemed to be handling the transition back to civilian life well, but there were things about his service he wouldn’t talk about.

"I do believe he had some demons that we didn't know about,” Cathy said. "We all thought of him as this tough Marine. I don't think he did like to show anyone that he was hurting.”

On Dec. 9, Brandon Weber took his own life. His parents say he was going through a rough time and had just gotten out of a relationship.

“They guy had a heart of gold. He put on a tough face but he had a heart of gold,” said Brandon’s dad Darrel.

"It still seems like it's all not real. It's like, how? I just didn't understand,” Cathy said.

The Webers say they were overwhelmed by the number of people who came to Potosi to pay their respects for Brandon and his family.

“We didn’t realize the amount of people that he’s touched because to us he was our son,” Cathy said.

Now they want to encourage other veterans to get help before it’s too late.

"Your life does matter and you shouldn't ever have to feel that low and that alone that you can't reach out and ask for help,” Cathy said.

“Maybe we can help one person, one person might help another person, another person could help another, it could be an effect that could go a long way,” Darrel said.

They say they want to get the message out to other struggling veterans - or anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts - to reach out and get help before it’s too late.

"I don't want anyone else to lose their life and I don't want any other family to have to go through what we've had to go through,” Cathy said.

Brandon also leaves behind two sisters, Sierra and Crystal.

Even in his death, he’s helping others. Some of his organs have been donated.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide there is help out there.

The Weber Family is supporting the effort #22UntilNone, a group that is working to end veteran suicide. For more information on the organization, click here.

For more information on resources for veterans in Wisconsin, including specific services for different areas of the state, click here.

To learn more about veteran suicide click here.

Even if you’re not a veteran, there is help. Click here to access the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline.