Over the past three weeks, U.S. Army veteran Jamal Childs has shared his story of military service, trauma, and alcohol dependence with StayUp.News readers (part 1, part 2, part 3). On this July 4th, America’s birthday, Childs sends a message to all his fellow veterans to make sure they take advantage of the services and benefits available to them, and which they have earned through service to their country.

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