LAST WORDS: The Suicide Letter of Daniel Somers

LAST WORDS: The Suicide Letter of Daniel Somers

by Daniel Somers
May 2013

Read the suicide letter of 30-year-old Iraq War Army veteran Daniel Somers:


3 Responses

  1. God bless and enjoy your rest, sleep well

  2. Dear Daniel,

    I am writing this letter in response to yours in hopes that it can make a difference in the lives of others, as it is obviously too late to make a difference in yours.

    Daniel, rather than looking for help from government agencies alone, try looking for help from above. Your letter reveals your bitterness, helplessness, guilt, and selfishness. All of these traits are curable, but only if we allow them to be cured. Look to the Great Physician above.

    I am truly grateful for your service to this country. Sounds like you were in harms way and committed acts that caused great trauma to not only the enemy, but to yourself. But, even though I empathize, I can not sympathize other than for those you left behind.

    There is a quote from the author, Stu Weber, in his book “Tender Warrior”……….”The warrior function is…unmistakable in Scripture….
    Within the epistles, the mature believing man is often described in militant terms—-a warrior is equipped to battle mighty enemies and shatter satanic strongholds. The heart of the warrior is a protective heart. The warrior shields,defends, stands between, and guards…
    He invests himself in “the energy of self-disciplined, aggressive action”
    By warrior I do not mean one who loves war or draws sadistic pleasure from fighting or bloodshed. There is a difference between a warrior and a brute. A warrior is a protector…..Men stand tallest when they are protecting and defending.”

    Daniel, may God have mercy on your soul, and may His grace be a constant presence in the lives of those you have left behind.

    Love you Brother,
    A fellow veteran and corpsman of marines (68-69 RVN)
    Saved in battle 68-69, Saved for eternity 1999.

    Gary Christian

  3. Reading this letter just goes to show us that the Behavioral/Mental Health System, especially Psychiatry-Psychology, administering the killing drugs, must accept major responsibility for the 22 suicides daily by our veterans.

    Being honest, respectful and professional with clients and their families about their protocols, research and anti-psychotic meds as required is not happening. As this brave human being noted, he only experienced more grief, pain and suffering while taking their medicine and lost hope for recovery.

    Some of us here know that intensive and extensive integrative and holistic health services can produce complete recovery, restoration and resilience from these War Trauma experiences. Why won’t the mental health systems of the Military and community offer them for at least a year for every person and their families returning from deployment? And, begin telling their patients the Truth. These meds, given as cocktails, are dangerous, not effective and given only as a last resort, not the first sign of stress, anxiety and depression. They promote hopelessness, disillusionment, despair and suicide.

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