These are the stories of veterans who were taken too soon, often due to hidden wounds.
I will always be grateful for the 22 years that I had our son — though I wished for many more.
I first met David when his niece and goddaughter was a student in my 8th grade Social Studies class.
Jeff Lucey died of suicide 12 years ago after returning home from the war in Afghanistan. His parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey, continue to mentor, counsel and talk to other families of veterans every chance they get.
Owen McNamara said "there is no gap to bridge" when it comes to helping other veterans. He didn't see a generation gap and he saw no difference between wars fought 40 years ago and ongoing wars.
My brother, Johnny, took his life fifty years ago as he was training to serve in the Vietnam War. He was only a few months into Basic Training when the darkness overtook him. I will forever regret that I did not know his pain. I could not help him.