October 30, 2013
Former Fellow Rebecca Ruiz maintains a strong presence on the topic of mental health in the military. Her newest piece, published in Al Jazeera America, offers a narrative of a father’s recovery after his son’s suicide at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. With a focus on how service-members’ survivors cope, Ruiz delves into the complex problem of military suicide. She describes “Semper Fi” moments, a term used by father Robert Bagosy to describe missed opportunities that may have thwarted his son’s suicide. Ruiz opens the question of whether investigation into these moments could be an opportunity for military suicide survivors to understand the tragedy they’ve faced.
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