War and Families: The Uncounted

Suicides are increasing among parents, spouses, children, and siblings of veterans.

“I was pretty afraid of my dad when he came back from Iraq. I didn’t know who this man…You can’t forget being terrified of your parent and terrified for your life.”

“I am married to a Marine who has been through five deployments…I think that I had just been lonely for so long that it felt like maybe I didn’t matter.”

“I lost my daughter two years later. She took her life over the death of her brother. She couldn’t handle the pain of her brother’s death.”

“I hadn’t even begun to comprehend Freddie’s death. He was killed in action. How could my brother take his life? I had lost my whole family, and all I could think about would it would be better if I was gone too.”

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