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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local Army veteran who disappeared, and then was found in a local hospital suffering from anxiety and depression, is now hoping to help others. Nearly three months ago Aaron Clary wrote a goodbye note to his fiancé, asking her to take care of the kids.

The note explained she was better off without him and the Army veteran left town on a bus with little money and no phone or belongings.

Two days later he turned up at North Kansas City hospital asking for help. He said he received the care he needed and now wants to change the lives of others.

Clary was medically discharged after being injured in training and serving nearly four years in the Army. Clary suffered from depression and anxiety, and tearfully recalled the message.

“Take care of the kids and have my VA money, and not worry about me, that I'd be fine,” Clary said.

With that, he walked away.

“Didn't feel like I was doing enough,” Clary explained.

After two days on a bus, Clary realized he needed help and came back to Kansas City and went to the VA.

“It’s very reassuring and it’s why I know that I’d never do that again. I’d never put my family through that again,” Clary said.

Now Clary and his fiancé are in the beginning stages of setting up “Homestead for Heroes,”  a program Clary says will help others overwhelmed, dragged down or suffering like he was.

“That’s the kind of brotherhood we have. And that's why I want to do this for them and make sure that we can keep as many soldiers and Marines and sailors from doing something stupid like I did,” Clary explained.

“We really want them to get better and have a skill set where they feel accomplished and can continue on with their lives and teach others,” Clary's fiancé Nicole Henry said.

The dream is to have land and cabins for veterans and their families, a place to get back to nature and nurture their own health and heal as a family.

“Some women out there, they don't see their husband or their significant other come back and I don't want anybody to go through that,” Henry said.

 

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  • Sheila Baker

    wonderful story and I wish Clary and family the best. However, I am a little confused. First it says he turned up at NKC Hospital (great place by the way). Then it says he went to the VA? Well, which is it? Did he truly get his help from NKC? If not and obtained his help from the VA, how did he get in so quick? With the major issue right now that you can’t get in for months.