American Woman Survived Iraq - Then Shot Herself at Home
This is the reality of war. Please read the entire article by the Times Union's Kate Gurnett:
Last month, Jeanne "Linda" Michel came home from Iraq. Back in the suburbs, she tried to feel normal.
She'd been homesick for months. She couldn't wait to see her kids, ages 11, 5 and 4. Between her husband's deployment and her own, the children had been with just one parent for nearly three years.
She was 33, with a bright smile and stubborn determination. Reuniting should be easy. In another month, she'd be discharged from the Navy after five years of service.
"She had come through a lot and she had always risen to challenges," her husband, Frantz Michel, said last week.
What her family didn't see, and what she herself may not have realized, was the enormity of what she faced.
Camp Bucca, the U.S.-run military prison where Michel was stationed, was investigated after a female mud-wrestling match was staged there.
Two weeks after she got home to Clifton Park, Linda Michel shot herself to death, stunning her colleagues and family.