My son served over 10 years with the United States Marines. He served 2 tours to Iraq, 1 tour to Afghanistan and 1 tour to Yemen. He was still on active duty but unfortunately due to PTSD ended his life on August 12th, 2014.
I requested that he be added to a Memorial wall located in Long Beach, California so he could be honored for his service. I was informed that because the Department of Defense doesn't recognize suicide as a death suffered in the line of duty, he won't be added.
This is wrong and needs to change. Our military men and women give up so much to proudly defend our country. They perform their duty and should be recognized, not discriminated against. There is an epidemic in this country and we are losing our loved ones to it.
Twenty two active duty soldiers and military veterans commit suicide every single day, a rate more than double that of the general public. If the Department of Defense won't recognize military suicides how are we going to stop this tragedy and care for those like my son?