2SCR Soldier Encourages Others to Reach Out, Get Help

By Mary Markos (USAG Grafenwoehr)

2009-09-03-1
Capt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, contemplated committing suicide after returning from Iraq. She shares her story with others in hope they will see that reaching out for help is not only okay, it makes you a better Soldier.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Capt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself.

What stopped Stehr was not the physical pain she would have endured, but the realization of the emotional pain she would inflict on the children of her close friends when their parents would tell them, “Aunt Emily in not around because she killed herself.”

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