Saturday, June 13, 2009


Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack in Baghdad

Sacramento Bee
15 months after bloodbath in Iraq, young veteran takes his life
On March 7, 2007, Army Spc. Trevor Hogue was inside his barracks in Baghdad, describing his morning on the battlefield...He saw the bodies of half of the men in his platoon torn apart...But Hogue never really recovered. Last week, he committed suicide by hanging himself in the backyard of his childhood home. He was 24 years old.

Sadly, we read more (from the Granite Bay Press-Tribune):
Local vet: depression common among comrades
By Nathan Donato-Weinstein |

In the years since he returned from Iraq, Cody Conway has seen 10 of his comrades take their own lives.

“It’s one of the untold things that people don’t talk about,” said Conway, a United States Marine Corps sergeant who returned to Roseville in 2003.

The death of well-liked Granite Bay’s resident Trevor Hogue last week has focused local attention on the issue of soldier suicide.

Statistics show he’s not alone. A 2008 report by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs says an average of 18 veterans in this country commit suicide every day, and the number is rising.
You can learn more about Trevor here.

May he and all who reach that dark place rest now in eternal light and rise in glory.

1 comment:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers ascending!