HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Young Navy Widow Shares Her Family’s Touching Story of Love and Pain After Her Special Warfare Sailor-Husband Died From Suicide

HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Young Navy Widow Shares Her Family’s Touching Story of Love and Pain After Her Special Warfare Sailor-Husband Died From Suicide

September 24, 2015

Click here to view the touching and heartbreaking video made by Navy widow Stephanie Lembo about her family’s experience with, love, deployments, PTSD and losing her “soul mate” to military suicide.

Her husband Petty Officer First Class Anthony J. Lembo served with the Navy SEALS as a Fastboat Crewman. He came home from overseas deployments and stateside training missions a changed man, she said.

In 2010, after the family of four — they had two young sons — had already endured a recent miscarriage, PO1(SW) Anthony Lembo died from suicide.

Ms. Limbo says he experienced sleep problems, speech problems, and nearly stopped eating in the months before he took his life.

She says he suffered from severe PTSD, and had refused her pleas that he seek help because he was afraid of losing his security clearance and his career.

Click here to read the story of the Lembo family’s experience with suicide.

Click here to help Stephanie Lembo’s initiative to help other military wives learn about PTSD and Suicide Prevention and awareness.

GQ MAGAZINE: More Than 113,500 Suicides Among Veterans and Service Members Since 9/11

Editor’s Note: GQ Magazine published last month, an article detailing Iraq veteran Daniel Wolfe’s 2014 suicide that happened live on social media.

Part of Wolfe’s story was a graphic chart on the latest estimated number of veterans and service members dead from suicide.

GQ Magazine reports 113,500 estimated suicides since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

TMSR believes the number is far higher. GQ Magazine is one of very few news media publications to inform its audience to the seriousness of the suicide epidemic.

Most news editors quote the “22 a day” statistic. Few ever quote the “100,000 suicides” statistic.

Why is that? Why does the American citizenry not know the 100,000 suicides statistic?

TMSR praises GQ Magazine for publishing the larger statistic.

Will Americans notice? And, if they do notice … will they care?

Click here to read Daniel Wolfe’s story.

Click here to view the graphic chart.

ANOTHER VA SUICIDE: Marine Corps Veteran Shoots Self at Florida VA Hospital

Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Reveals Pain Among Veterans

by Howard Altman
The Tampa Tribune, Aug. 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine Corps veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw.

“It was a rough one,” said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. “Emotionally, it did a number on his mind.”

Gerhard Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently, cut himself off even from his family.

On Tuesday, Reitmann’s struggle ended.

The man who once served as a guard at Camp David during the term of President Richard Nixon apparently took his own life while parked in his car on the southeast side of the sprawling campus of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center near Tampa, Fla., shortly after noon, according to officials from Bay Pines and the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

It was near Building 37, which houses the hospital system’s human resources, environmental management and inspector general’s offices.

Bay Pines police are investigating,

Reitmann, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was 66.

Click here to read the rest of this story.


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