Former Service Member in Critical Condition after Alleged Overdose; Mental Health Struggles Lead to Tragic Loss of Family”.

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

A man who served in the military and recently sought help for his mental health is in critical condition after an apparent self-induced drug overdose. Forty-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte reached out to Catch A Lift Fund, a group that provides former service members with mental health support through working out. Army veteran and Purple Heart honoree Chris Haley accepted Aponte into the program.

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

Haley spoke to NBC6 on Wednesday about the incident, saying that Aponte had a strong desire to make things right because he had a wife and child on the way. He was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, but Haley believes that he wanted to get better and be a positive example for his family.

“It’s a bummer because that is the whole reason why our organization exists,” Haley said. “It’s to kind of stop this from happening.” 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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