12:00pm

Thu April 28, 2011
NPR Story

Marine's Suicide Renews Focus On Military Families

Last month, a former Marine, who helped lead suicide prevention efforts for other veterans, took his own life. Clay Hunt served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Purple Heart. Hunt's passing has inspired a new campaign designed to help prevent additional deaths, and has placed a renewed focus on military families, veterans and suicide prevention. Host Michel Martin speaks with Hunt's mother, Susan Selke, his best friend Jake Wood, and Alison Buckholtz, a military wife. Buckholtz wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, which helped jump-start the public service announcement campaign that begins Thursday.