A Life­sav­ing Golf Date With His Dad

Reader's Digest - - Contents - DAVID CHRISINGER FROM THEWARHORSE.ORG

Af­ter four de­ploy­ments to Iraq, this veteran nearly ended it all. What stopped him? The most or­di­nary di­ver­sion imag­in­able.

HE TOLD ME he’d once con­tem­plated sui­cide. He wasn’t one to open up about him­self like that. He could tell a great joke and loved talk­ing about hunt­ing, but for­get about any­thing more per­sonal than that. He’d been a stu­dent of mine the year be­fore, and af­ter he’d fin­ished the veteran rein­te­gra­tion class I teach at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin, Stevens Point, we kept in touch. We’re about the same age, and he and I both have young kids, so I saw him more as a peer than as a stu­dent.

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