Friday, November 18, 2016

Love Letter Campaign ~ Too Much Pain

My stepson, JCS, was never a great human being.  He was selfish all the time.  but, actually, he became less selfish when he joined the army rangers.  He wanted elite.  but, what he got was seeing little girls crying for a bottle of water.  And he, who never gave anything to anyone, found himself giving all his supplies to children in Afghanistan.  When he came home, he cried telling me one of the bottles had broken on the ground.  I could never respect him more.  There are many more stories...all broken....but, I can not share anymore...except to say, he could not live with himself after that.  He committed suicide by cop.  Something five years before he told me he might do.  I talked him down: that day.  But, he kept his promise to himself and five years later laid his life down.  May he rest in peace.

Submitted By: Stepmom

This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit

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