Bryan Flanery knows what it’s like to be in despair. Flanery, who before his retirement served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan, experienced the physical and emotional scars that often come with war — and those internal and external pains brought him to the brink of suicide.
“In a barracks room, I swallowed two bottles of pills and sat back on a bed and laughed and smiled for the first time in two years because I knew that everything was almost over,” he told PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk.” “Spoiler alert: I failed, which is another weird God thing.”
Flanery, who appeared on the show alongside his wife, Jenn, revealed that a soldier whom he outranked and never talked to randomly came into his barracks room to see if he wanted to play video games and discovered that he was dying.
“He saved my life,” Flanery said.
It was an unlikely encounter that prevented the unthinkable. At the time, Flanery was an atheist who didn’t think much of the “God moments” that sustained and saved him, but today he has a starkly different perspective after finding faith and healing through REBOOT Combat Recovery.
REBOOT Combat Recovery, part of the Reboot Alliance and one of PureFlix.com’s key partners, develops faith-based programs throughout the U.S. that help veterans and their families deal with issues following their service to our country.
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“My life was forever changed,” Flanery said of his experience at REBOOT.
Jenn also revealed the impact REBOOT has had on her husband and family, speaking to the power of her husband’s transformation and “his willingness to do whatever it takes to get people from where he was to where he was now.”