29 Sep '16, 10pm

#GoldStarMother discusses her son's suicide and it's stigma @NatickSSC

#GoldStarMother discusses her son's suicide and it's stigma @NatickSSC

NATICK, Mass. -- Lynn Patton, a Gold Star Mother, spoke to the Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce, Sept. 23, about the suicide death of her son, Sgt. Matthew Patton. "It's been very difficult on us," Patton told the group of young Soldiers, "but this is what's helping us survive, is to talk to you." In May 2013, with only six months left before he was due to complete his military service, Matthew died by suicide. He was only 23 years old. Patton admitted that, after her son's death, it was tough for her even to be around other Soldiers, because they would remind her of her son. "But now I love being around all of you because you remind me of him and I feel like his presence is here," she said. "Pieces of me are gone that I can't even describe to you ... Whole body parts are gone, not just my heart. It's been three years, and I miss him." After Matthew's death, Patton ...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/175886/

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