Not only at Fort Hood but everywhere around the Army. It's all over the news, the suicides of four Soldiers at Hood over this past weekend. We also had one here at Fort Leonard Wood. It's devastating. I pay close attention to the Department of Defense Casualty List. I am often questioned as to why I do that and it's because I feel our Fallen deserve the moments I spend reading their names and learning a little bit about who they are. Suicides don't always make it to the front of any pages. But it's becoming more and more common and it is really heartbreaking.
There was a lot of talk about the suicides at Hood this past weekend and it made me so sad. I became sadder when I read the names and found out one of them was someone we actually knew. Kevin served with him for a while and I worked with him as an FRG leader while the brigade was deployed. It just makes me so sad because it is so unexpected and we are left wondering why?
As you can see the common theme for this post is sad. The Army is trying hard to get visibility about help for those who feel this is their only option. We are praying for all the families who are affected by acts like this. And today our hearts are heavy for the family of our friend, despite the action that took his life, he is a Hero who served his country with pride and courage.