U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) has named U.S. Army Sergeant Lloyd Michael Austin of Mobile as February's Veteran of the Month.

A veteran of both Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Austin joined the Army after graduating from Williamson High School, following in the footsteps of his WWII veteran father.

"For many of our veterans, their challenges don't end when they leave the military; no one knows that better than Sergeant Lloyd Michael Austin of Mobile, AL," Tuberville said.

After returning from combat, Austin suffered from PTSD. He felt isolated from his friends and family and attempted to self-medicate to cover the pain and suffering, both physical and mental. That eventually led to him attempting suicide.

"Now, after more than 17 years sober, Sergeant Austin uses his own experience to help others. He works with Vets Recover, where he helps veterans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction." Said Tuberville.

Austin said when he left the military, "I had no intentions on being back here, but now, I'm so glad that I am here, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world but Mobile, Alabama."

Tuberville concluded, "Sergeant Austin visits hospitals and treatment centers to encourage people—with special help from his poodle and service dog, Ivy. His story has given hope to many Alabamians during some of the darkest moments in their lives. Alabama is grateful to have compassionate servant leaders like Sergeant Austin."

SEE ALSO: Tuberville names Cpt. Maggie Amadei of Enterprise as January's "Veteran of the Month."

Twenty-two veterans a day lose the battle to Post Traumatic Stress. If you or someone you know are struggling or having suicidal thoughts, you can reach out to your local emergency services or call the Veteran's Crisis Line by dialing 988 or texting 838255.

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