Fate of two soldiers sheds light on veteran suicide, points out where to get help
February 19, 2019
Pfc. Jacob Jonza (left), and Sgt. Daniel Grime of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, provide security for their platoon during a patrol through a business district in Baghdad's Sha'ab neighborhood in 2008. (Photo11: Staff Sgt. Michael Pryor/Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
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Francis Graves III and Jacob Jonza each carried emotional scars after returning home from military deployments to the Middle East.
Ultimately, each tried to take his life. One lived, while the other died.
About 24 First State veterans kill themselves each year, part of 6,000 veterans who commit suicide nationwide, according to a 2016 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs survey.
Because the number has risen in the last decade, both the Trump administration and Wilmington Veterans Administration Medical Center have made veteran suicide a priority.
Graves, from Townsend, lost his battle years after returning from a stint in Saudi Arabia when he killed himself in 2015.
Jonza tried to kill himself in 2008, but was saved.
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