- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - In the summer of 2012, U.S. Army veteran Reed Pacheco had his suicide all planned out.

He has four children. He didn’t want to kill himself in the same house where they live. Finding an alternate place wouldn’t be hard, he figured.

“We’re in the land of open space and wilderness,” Pacheco said.

Something else happened instead.

“I truly believe it was God,” he said.

He picked up paper and a pen, not his gun. He wrote down a list of problems veterans face when they come home from military service.

“We call them our demons,” he said. “Insomnia, drinking, broken relationships, remorse, guilt, unemployment, navigating the VA, suicide.”

He picked up the phone and called his friends - fellow veterans.

“We started just meeting to support one another. Getting our brothers and sisters together,” he said. “War fighters supporting war fighters.”

Warrior Pointe, the group he started, meets every Monday at the Assembly of God church in Nampa. It welcomes veterans of all ages, from all branches of the service, all faiths and all political persuasions.

Between 10 and 30 veterans show up on a typical night. The oldest among them fought in Korea. The youngest are back from Afghanistan. There are no membership dues.

“You paid your dues when you served your country,” said Pacheco, 40.

Meetings are low-key. They begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and a short prayer. Sometimes they just consist of simple conversation, nothing too heavy.

A loose format seems to work for everyone.

“Over time, these guys get to know each other. They begin to share things about themselves,” Pacheco said.

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