Sylvia approached me with a story she really wanted to tell. This is a story of two brothers, two of her sons. Robert her oldest son was killed in action on April 4th, 2004. Her youngest son Jeremy was lost to suicide. Veteran Suicide is an epidemic and we need to take a stand. To stand by and with those who are hurting and their families.
We are all relatively familiar with the loss of life on the battlefield. Many soldiers are killed due to small arms ambushes, rocket-propelled grenades, IED’s, and even accidents on the battlefield. These lesses are hard to take, hard to accept and leave a gaping hole in the lives of those friends and families left behind.
Suicide is much harder to wrap your arms around. The loss and pain may be the same but there is a different set of emotions around suicide that makes it particularly had to talk about. Feelings of regret, anger, and even shame.
It is hard to talk about, Veteran suicide. It is a growing epidemic in this country but needs to be discussed. Where do we start in doing that?
Sylvia displays so much courage sharing the story of both her sons. Robert and Jeremy both died fighting a battle, they were just on different battlefields.
Our hope is that you will be able to learn something from our conversation. If nothing else, just know that there are others out there that need help, perhaps one of them is you. Remember that you are never alone!
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