Amon Gift, a US Army veteran, was 23 years old
when he died by suicide, in January of 2017.
The photo above is of Amon Gift's daughter, at his funeral.
I first published this photo as a Beauty of Grief feature. I've shared it many times since, as its heartbreaking message stands.
We are losing too many veterans to suicide.
If you want to see more of what I've written about suicide and the military, click here.
The reasons for actively serving and veteran military related suicides are varied and complex. However, the importance of showing our support to individuals is critical. This is Memorial Day weekend. Reach out to someone who is serving or has served in the military. Let them know that they are loved and that you care.
Remember that close to 22 veterans a day are dying by suicide. Supporting military related suicide prevention should happen every day, as well.
If you are a veteran or actively serving member of the armed forces and you are feeling hopeless or suicidal - please reach out. You can start by calling the Veterans Crisis Line. Your service to the country is appreciated. Your life matters. You are needed in this world.
(Thank you to Kelsey Leann Tobin for permission to use the beautiful photo of her daughter, above.)