I am a former Army Ranger, military contractor, and survivor of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

For 13 hours that night, my teammates and I did everything in our power to save American lives. Two of us didn’t make it home. Neither did Ambassador Christopher Stevens or Sean Smith. For some reason that I’ll never understand, I did.

But several months after being home, I hit rock bottom and started to have serious thoughts about taking my own life.

We were left behind, plain and simple, and I had lost complete faith in our leaders.

But I had also lost faith in my fellow Americans. What they were being told about that night, they seemed to believe, and it was killing me inside. I was doing everything I could to share the truth, but it didn’t seem to matter.

Flying home for what may have been my last night, I was approached by a random stranger at the airport. She recognized me from a television interview and said three words that literally saved my life: “I believe you.”

Living Without Glen: A Story of Grief and Coming Out the Other Side

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It may seem overly simple, but a light switched on, and I knew my next mission. It made me realize there were millions of people out there who knew they were being lied to – not just about Benghazi but about the severity of the threat that we are facing as a nation.

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