Veteran’s Tragic Suicide Leads to Increased Mental Health Concerns: Exploring the Impact on Military Support Programs

Plantation Father Sought Mental Health Help One Year Before Murders – NBC 6 South Florida

Forty-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte, a veteran and Purple Heart honoree who killed his wife and toddler before attempting suicide, is in critical condition at the hospital. According to police, Aponte had recently reached out for help to address his mental health issues through a group called Catch A Lift Fund. The organization provides former service members with mental health support through working out.

Chris Haley, an Army veteran and founder of Catch A Lift Fund, spoke to NBC6 on Wednesday about the tragic incident. He said that Aponte had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and was desperate to make things right for his family.

On Tuesday, Sara Ashley Gama, 38, and her two-year-old son Ethan were found dead inside their home. The investigation is still active, and no charges have been filed yet. Police spent their Wednesday searching for what neighbors believed was a cellphone in a canal.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at You can also visit for additional support.

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