Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but the US military is trying to understand the unique grieving process for families when the person lost is in the military.
Family members of military casualties are being encouraged to participate in the National Military Family Bereavement Study. The results will help the armed services improve the support they provide to families.
One of the people participating in the study is Mary Claire Lindberg. Her son, Ben, was a sergeant in the Army who served in Iraq. In 2008, while he was home in Minnesota on leave, Ben committed suicide.
His mother told Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer that Ben was troubled by some of the horrific things he witnessed during his deployment.