The Brandon Act
The Brandon Act was created because our son Brandon Caserta, died by suicide on June 25, 2018. He was bullied and hazed among many other things by his Naval command, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 in Norfolk, VA, to the point of no return. No one in his command helped him and he felt he could not get help from anyone because of the retaliation he knew he would receive. He told many people in his chain of command that he was depressed and all they told him to do was suck it up and go back to work.
Patrick who is a 22-year retired Navy Senior Chief, tried helping Brandon the entire time he was at HSC-28 but nothing worked. Patrick called the command and Brandon was retaliated against for his father calling concerned for Brandon’s welfare and well-being. They were going to take Brandon to Captain’s Mast for not driving. Please read Brandon's entire story and what happened to him on Military Corruption website. The link is on the "Additional Stories and Interviews" page of this website.
Brandon worked all day long on June 25, 2018. The last flight ops of the day Brandon grabbed is cranial, ran up to the plane captain, yelled over the noise of the helicopter, “I’m sorry for what you are about to see”, ran to the rotating rear tail rotor, threw off his cranial, jumped, missed and then jump again and made contact. He did this in front of the watchful eyes of his command and the flight line. He was not even involved in the flight ops and was not even supposed to be on the deck. No one stopped him, no one ran after him when they saw him. After it happened, everyone on that flight line ran away. No one gave him medical attention.
We created The Brandon Act to allow the men and women who serve in the United States of America’s Armed Forces to get help without retaliation whatsoever from anyone in their commands and will hold people accountable for their actions, if it is deemed necessary. It will allow them to get counseling for any issues they may have from bullying to sexual/mental/ domestic abuse among many other issues. With “The Brandon Act” in place, we hope to completely eliminate suicides in the Armed Forces.