Charlotte vet speaks on Capitol Hill about suicide rates among veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Charlotte veteran spoke on Capitol Hill Wednesday in memory of his comrades who died by suicide.

“I know of countless suicide attempts and four men with whom I served were lost to suicide,” army vet Nick Armendariz said during a meeting with the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in Washington D.C.

Armendariz served three tours in Afghanistan but said the fight for his life continued when he came home.

“I hung up my uniform. I lost my identity, my family and my tribe,” Armendariz said.

Eventually his struggles resulted in a judge sending him to veterans treatment court, which he said was his second chance at regaining himself.

He is now part of an effort to bring awareness to the suicide rates among veterans.

>>In the video at the top of the page, Armendariz speaks on his struggles and the push to help veterans in need.

(WATCH: Group helps veterans face mental health challenges)