veteran

‘An older gentleman stopped us and asked, ‘Do you know how to make a cheese sandwich?’ He was veteran, and he didn’t know how to cook.’: Woman urges ‘don’t forget the Marks in the world who need you to say hello’

“They had shut down his favorite restaurant, so there he was, buying bread, cheese, and White Castle microwaveable cheeseburgers. At some point, it dawned on me. He didn’t stop us because he didn’t know how to make a grilled cheese. He stopped us because he is lonely.”

‘It’s not that bad.’ My marriage of 20 years crumbled. I no longer fit in. It’s tail gripped me tight around my neck, I could no longer breathe.’: Veteran realizes ‘I’m not broken’ after long battle with PTSD

“I climbed on my motorcycle. ‘I can manage my PTSD. It’s not bad.’ I hit the road. Faster, another gear, even faster. Traffic faded behind me. The dotted lines blurred. At 130 mph, I grabbed another gear, twisted the throttle. 135,140…Just then, images of my daughters came into my head. Everything I’ll miss. After I’m gone, what will be said to them? I was in the middle of the desert. No one for miles. I cried, I screamed for help.”

‘I received a call at work. ‘I saw your boyfriend with another woman.’ She was someone I knew, married, with kids of her own.’: Woman marries dream man after infidelity, separation, ‘He is proof everything happens for a reason!’

“She was someone who had been at family events and had been around my child. I had just run into her earlier that week. My heart sank. I was forced to move out of my home and become a single mom. After I finally stopped fighting for a life that was never meant to be, I met Ryan. The moment I got in his truck, I knew. ‘If you want to date me, you have to date my daughter.’ I was tough. I shared the good, the bad, and the ugly, but he choose to stay. Through it all, without a question, he chose me. And he chose my daughter, too.”

‘This woman is my hero. I don’t know who she is, but she gave me the strength I needed today.’: Mom of 3 shares touching moment military mom inspires her, ‘her words were everything I needed’

“I’ve been sitting in the car, defeated and avoiding going home. What lies behind my front door weighs on me constantly. As a mom of 3, the never-ending, daunting tasks feel so heavy. Watching this woman carry her load so effortlessly with her head high snapped me into reality real quick. Even if she didn’t realize it, she was an inspiration. I had to tell her.”

‘Why bother? Nothing’s left.’ I was a washed-up, homeless junkie injecting meth into my arm.’: Veteran launches organization to end veteran suicide after battling addiction, ‘your life is worth living’

“When that picture on the left was taken, I was in the height of my meth addiction. My only concern was my next high. It’s how I dealt with the war and the loss of my father. I burned every bridge and friendship I’d ever made. I didn’t think there was anything left of me worth saving, so why bother? I was wrong, so wrong.”

‘Unlock the door!’ I begged you. We had a big fight. You wrote your goodbye letter.’: Woman loses veteran husband to suicide, ‘I see you everywhere I look’

“I heard our bedroom door shut. I thought you were just going to shower. Your body hit the floor. You were struggling. I tried to kick it in. ‘How the hell do people do this?!’ I ran downstairs and knocked on the neighbors’ doors. They didn’t answer. I was terrified. Before I could even react, EMTs were rushing upstairs. They put the flag over you.”

‘I cried when I found your daughter lying in a ditch, high on meth, but you didn’t know.’: Police officer claims ‘we’re people too’ in emotional letter, ‘no training can prepare us for the things we see’

“I was devastated when I found the 32-year old veteran dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but you didn’t know. I missed my kids birthdays, school plays, and family trips because I had to work, but you didn’t know. I was never comfortable at social gatherings because with the things I’ve seen, I can’t trust anyone. I had problems, just like everyone else, but you didn’t know.”

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