Al, My Best Friend

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry your children had to see that. I can’t imagine how horrible that was. I will pray for you all that the memories of the good times will come easier than the recent tough ones. It rips my heart out to see more and more of our vets not getting the care they need to help them cope with everything. Families need just as much care. I hope that your family is getting taken care of with benefits. Blessings for you.

  2. Mrs. Crowin, my heart goes out to you…the ache for the one we were suppose to grow old with I think will always be there. We do get past the days of crying all the time, but there are always the trigers…Valentines day, thir birthdays…ect. The heart does protact us some, but we always feel the ache.
    Please feel free to email me if you like. I lost my Beloved October 28th at 12:15 Am..Life is never been the same.
    Mrs. Larry Long

  3. Mrs. Crowin, my heart goes out to you…the ache for the one we were suppose to grow old with I think will always be there. We do get past the days of crying all the time, but there are always the trigers…Valentines day, thir birthdays…ect. The heart does protact us some, but we always feel the ache.
    Please feel free to email me if you like. I lost my Beloved October 28th at 12:15 Am..Life is never been the same.
    Mrs. Larry Long

  4. I married my husband in 1992 in the midst of my crises with terminal cancer

    Rickey had deployed when our military began this war on terror in 1989

    He was diagnosed with PTSD and I was alarmed that the military had no Health Providers or sources to help my husband and we, his family

    He had several mental break downs, but because of Jesus and my belief in the fact that God would make a way, Rickey became a certified Police Officer

    In 2005 he went back to Kuwait as a Civilian Contractor and remained there until his death in 2008

    My life has spun out of control and I weep constantly because the weight is so heavy

    I have sought counseling on Post, but they have no clue

    I thank God for a strong family support system and Christian community

  5. I am so so sorry You have heard this I am sure but it has gotten me thru a lot. He is in a better place and the pain is gone. But you will be with him some day and you won’t be separated again. Amen and big hugs

  6. Thank you so much Lauren for sharing your story with us. PTSD is not an easy issue to deal with and that is why your life story can help so many others. It is a long hard journey so remember, “together we can do what we can not do alone.” As we each walk our personal journey, we are not alone. It is so very important to stay connected with others who understand. It is so important to share and talk about your experiences openly. It is too much pain to keep inside. Love to you and your children. <3

  7. Thank You for sharing your touching story Mrs. Allen D. Corwin. My beloved husband of ten years, a member of the US Army, also hung himself in our home this past summer on June 22, 2012. We have a six year old little boy. We have been absolutely devastated by his sudden and tragic death. Much like your beloved Allen, Brian was a changed and haunted soul, plagued with horrific nightmares. To this day I do not fully understand what drove him to end things in the way he did and I do not know if I ever will understand. Living without him is absolutely unbearable. It has been heartbreaking trying to help our little boy understand what has happened. It has been almost eight months now and we still seem to be in a fog. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story, I know that it is painful to discuss.

  8. I read several stories on here and was really touched by all of them but especially yours. My husband has PTSD and has had for many years. We are both in counseling through the VA and it helps a lot. Please do not blame yourself or feel guilty, there was nothing you could have done, you were there for him which is more than a lot of wives did when their husbands returned a changed person. Although I still have my husband I feel your pain I suppose that is because I know the same thing could happen to us. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  9. Sweet Mrs. Corwin, I lost my husband to a heart attack the day after Thanksgiving. I am writing to affirm that good resources for help with PTSD are incredibly hard to find, what you two were going through was so normal when PTSD is a central issue, and the strife was so so so not your fault. I know you probably know this, but I wanted to say it anyway, just in case you needed to hear it. A husband with PTSD is very, very hard to have peace with when you are in the moment … and it’s torturous to see him clearly after he’s in Heaven, when you’re still here, holding it together for the kids, trying to reconcile the emotional mess you’re left with in your heart. We had a 5-year battle with PTSD … not military-service caused, but destructive just the same; PTSD is *awful*. We were going to start sleeping in the bed together again that weekend … but that Friday night, he was gone. All this to say … I hear you, sister. Write if you would like to connect; you are very very much not alone. charityandwalterfeb@comcast.net

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