Actor James Woods used his Twitter account to name consideration and assist to a distressed veteran who was considering suicide.
The “Salvador” actor, 71, alerted the Orlando Police Division Monday evening and requested authorities to carry out a wellness examine on former Marine Andrew MacMasters.
“A person named Andrew MacMasters simply stated on @Twitter that he’s sitting in a parking zone and goes to kill himself,” Wooden tweeted to his practically 2 million followers. “He’s sitting along with his canine, a black lab, presumably in a WalMart parking zone.”
Woods’ plea for assist included a screenshot from MacMasters’ Twitter account, which has since been deleted.
“I am on Twitter day by day, I retweet on a regular basis however that is the primary tweet I’ve ever written,” consumer @macmasters_a tweeted Thursday. “I am (a) good man, I am a veteran, I really like America. I am gonna kill myself tonight. I’ve misplaced the whole lot I’ve no one, no one cares.”
Woods responded to MacMasters’ cry for assist in a sequence of tweets, initially asking the veteran to “tell me where you are.”
“We will speak. I don’t care what anyone thinks. Do you? Let’s have a dialog. Simply you… and I,” Woods stated in one tweet to MacMasters, including in one other, “I’m following you now, so you possibly can DM me. We will speak privately. Or we are able to speak overtly proper right here. Lot of individuals frightened about you proper now.”
The actor tried to engage the distraught veteran: “Somebody stated you’re Andrew. In Orlando? Im not making an attempt to lure you. Let’s simply speak. You even have your canine. Your little schnoot. Boy or lady?”
“So take into consideration this. Numerous vets, I perceive, have come to the place you might be tonight,” Woods continued. “In the event you may simply push this resolution off tonight, not less than, possibly you’d additionally encourage one other vet to hunt assist. You can save one other man, too. By ready to do that.”
In 2016, the latest information accessible, the Division of Veterans Affairs stated about 20 veterans a day take their very own lives, a suicide charge 1.5 instances larger than for Individuals who by no means served within the navy. And veterans accounted for 14 p.c of all grownup suicide deaths within the U.S. in 2016, despite the fact that solely eight p.c of the inhabitants has served.
In a last-ditch effort, the actor tried to consolation MacMasters. “I’m driving cross nation. Sitting in a motel room. I’ve all evening. I do know that sounds dorky, however right here I’m! I might love to speak. Simply speak. I received’t push you into something,” he stated.
As soon as it was clear the suicidal veteran may now not be reached on Twitter after deleting his social media account, Woods turned to his followers to gather information on MacMasters’ location.
The “On line casino” actor discovered his dwelling tackle and forwarded it to authorities in Maitland, Florida, who promptly checked his residence. MacMasters was not there.
“If solely Andrew may see the THOUSANDS of fellow Individuals who’re pulling for him. It’s like he’s misplaced behind enemy traces and we’re cheering him dwelling, keen him to outlive,” Woods tweeted. “Andrew, do that for the ‘different 21’ vets a day who don’t make it dwelling from the darkness. Keep alive!”
Woods continued to replace the search on Twitter, sharing tweets from individuals who notified MacMasters’ family, together with the veteran’s mom and brother.
MacMasters has not been positioned and the standing of his well being will not be clear.
Woods, who steadily makes use of his Twitter web page to share his conservative political opinions, lately used his account to assist hyperlink folks along with relations following the California wildfires.