Jennifer’s Story

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“I met my husband while serving in the Navy in Florida. He always had a smile on his face and a spring in his step. Little did I know the pain he was hiding inside. In retrospect there were signs I didn’t recognize. He was making outrageous purchases: expensive tools and a motorcycle that we couldn’t afford. He became sad and withdrawn. He talked about items he wanted different people to have after he died.

As a young widow with a baby, I have encountered many different reactions to Jared’s suicide. Some didn’t want to acknowledge his life or his death; others judged his suicide and minimized our grief. I now use my own experience to help wounded service members, widows and family members that have lost someone to suicide.”-Jennifer

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