SFC Schlitz is in Iraq as part of the fifth Operation Proper Exit rotation of Soldiers returning to the battlefield to find emotional healing. In 2007, Schlitz was severely wounded by an IED, sustaining burns over 85 percent of his body and losing both hands.
"If you're going to commit suicide by fire, make sure there're no fire extinguishers or people around to help you, or you're going to end up looking like me," he said with a smile.
Once the audience stopped laughing, Schlitz offered serious advice on suicide prevention.
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