Dear Families,

I am so glad you found your way to this resource and community.

This page is dedicated space to the family members who have lost their Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or veteran to suicide.

When a loved one has taken their own life, there may often seem few places available where family members may openly talk about it with others who understand suicide and can relate to feelings of anger, pain, confusion or intense grief.

Many are hesitant to talk openly about the subject of suicide due to the deep personal nature of the act. It is well established fact that suicide and psychiatric injury still carry strong social stigmas and taboos within both military and non-military communities.

Anonymity has therefore been offered to any family member who would like to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on this page, but may not wish to reveal their name or the name of their loved one. Anonymity is not required, but it is ok here and understood.

Perhaps by sharing and expressing your thoughts here, others may take time to read about the human impact of this painful period of military history and be moved to action or activities which may help prevent another family from joining this community.

In addition to this blog, the community and resources available at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is highly recommended for anyone feeling alone and unsure where to turn to cope with the suicide of their military member or veteran.

May your path to healing and reconciliation begin.


3 Responses

  1. On February 22, 2013 my beautiful son Cpl Julian A. Ortiz with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines weapons division out of camp Lejuene NC, lost his inner battle with PTSD. My wife and I are at a lost for words over our loss. There is no meaning in this tragedy, just a hole in my heart. I know as his father I should be strong for the family but I feel that I’m losing my grip each and every day we are going to have with out him. I don’t know how to move on. Julian was the second oldest of three boys and the most daring. I loved my son without conditions even though he confided in me that “I joined the Marines to impress you DAD”! I miss you Julian.

    • Thank you sincerely for sharing your pain and expressions of love for your departed loved one. We will all miss him. Please reach out … there are many others who have been down this road and will comfort you and your family during this time. The pain may be intense now, but time heals, time heals. Your words touched my heart today. Thank you for sharing here in this forum.

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