Comfort for a Grieving Mother this Holiday Season
On September 18, 2016, Penny found out her Navy son was gone . She was then told she needed to go to the airport and accept his remains as he had committed suicide on the USS Nimitz . As a volunteer at Homefront Hugs, she had always shared the resource numbers and help available knowing there are 24+ military veterans taking their lives every single day . She just never thought it would happen to her family and especially not her Ben. This December, Penny found out her son Ben had reached out to one fellow sailor who went shopping instead that day . No one else knew.
This holiday season please reach out with positive messages of support to Penny who is a veteran herself . Let her know she is not alone and this country cares . Thank you so much . She may not read them now but knowing Penny – she will when she is able to find the strength .
Please send Homefront Hugs words of support and thanks for her sacrifices & those of her son Ben :
Homefront Hugs for Penny
1881 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Deadline – postmarked by 1/5/17
( update 12/27/16 : 12 letters have come in and we hope to increase this by 1000% ! Please don’t worry if your paper or card is fancy or not , just write from your heart and maybe even include a photo of your family or town …postcards are fine too – let’s lift her spirits for 2017
Final update – February 10, 2017 – we received more than 100 beautiful cards of comfort for Penny who has good and bad days as one would imagine . Thank you so much . )
Penny has been a rock despite her own grief at her son’s suicide on the USS Nimitz in September . She is a veteran herself . She has adopted troops, sent help when needed to ship care, written letter and cards with her husband and his special needs students . She has been stronger than one can imagine – and represents the 130,000 families affected by our military suicide crisis of losing 24 heroes a day . The last time we asked for letters , cards and even drawings of hope from teens – not 1 came . Please – we are trying one more time for the holidays and New Year – deadline is January 5, 2016.
Please email with any questions
So far we have received only three :
To read more about our clinical ideas of solutions for suicide crisis :
A Nation in Denial