You do not have to go through it alone. Be there for one another. I’d rather sit through your story of struggle and help you find your purpose and remind you of your resilience than to sit through your funeral wondering what I could have said to you if I only knew. Personally, I lost more people to suicide than to combat. Each weighs on me differently. The first close friend who took his life made me angry at him for years. I didn’t understand why he didn’t reach out to me. I was stuck in the mindset that suicide was the coward’s way out; a selfish and easy opt out to your temporary problems. It wasn’t until I fell down that same dark hole was when my anger for his choice subsided. I finally knew and understood the headspace. This piece is not only dedicated to Fairchild, Burnette, and Gregory. It goes out to anyone battling destructive thoughts as, through writing and acting, I’ve found an outlet that allows me to mourn, think, and feel in more of a healthy way. I hope this piece, inspired from my loss, can help to touch my fellow Veterans who struggle with suicidal ideologies and inspires you to reach out to someone you may’ve lost contact with over the years to discuss and celebrate your mutually fallen friends.