Akron soldier ends war's pain with hi...

Akron soldier ends war's pain with his suicide

There are 126 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Akron soldier ends war's pain with his suicide. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

With an honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520 in Brunswick and three soldiers participating in the solemn ceremony, Iraq War veteran Derrick Hendon was buried this week at Ohio Western Reserve ...

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Red Boiling Springs, TN

#1 Aug 15, 2008
This is just a terrible tragedy for the family and our community. My deepest condolences to the family. We need to get out of Iraq NOW!

Canton, OH

#2 Aug 15, 2008
So sad. I feel for the family. I hope they all can find peace.

Canton, OH

#4 Aug 15, 2008
Was the moron-in-chief in attendance?
Guess not. What a waste - although he did volunteer.
Guess tihs happens when you believe politicians and
sign up for the military.

United States

#7 Aug 15, 2008
My deepest condolences goes out to the family.

Torrance, CA

#8 Aug 15, 2008
Sorry for your loss. I think being alone is what made him tired. no wife or kids and 3 jobs is alot on a guy. Think about who is to blame. He didnt run out on us. He was working to save our lifes as we slept safe in our beds at night.

Barberton, OH

#9 Aug 15, 2008
My prayers go out to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is now at peace.
robin e s

Conneaut, OH

#10 Aug 15, 2008
my heart goes out to this family and i understand.i have had 3 sons in iraq and they all came home different.please know that my prayers are with your family and my thoughts with your son.he is a hero and always will be.in gods name.
City Girl

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#11 Aug 15, 2008
For generations, war has taken a heavy toll on many soldiers and families. No one wants to be at war. The best we here can do is support our soldiers so they know how much their sacrafices mean to us. The after effects of war are most devistating. No one can know what emotions are going on inside a soldiers head be them. The horrors must be unfathomable. Hopefully, they will all seek councelling for their own survival.
My prayers are with the Hendon family and all families of those called to war. God Bless You

United States

#12 Aug 15, 2008
I agree with Evans sister, and I am sorry for her loss, but you have to understand us and what we stand for. Whether you are in direct contact with the enemy or you watch the caskets roll down the road in front of you weekly, it chages you. A part of you dies when you go to war. You loose your innocence, you loose your mind. You are always looking over your shoulder and at everyone and wondering if they are going to be the one to kill you that day. I went on leave and I missed being over here, I was not the same person and I was afraid to be anywhere but here. People at home will never understand and they will judge us to no end. But until they are over here and see what we see and do what we have to do to survive, we will continue to keep quiet. We are strong Soldiers and we must portray that at all costs. I am sorry for your brother and good luck in what you are doing, I wish you the best of luck.

Cleveland, OH

#13 Aug 15, 2008
Real Deal


#14 Aug 15, 2008
Gods speed young man. your war is over. peace is here now. until you have been to war you cant understand how it never leaves. Never!!!!
so sad

Dayton, OH

#16 Aug 15, 2008
Just wanted to add my condolences to the family. I have never walked in your shoes, but it is easy to see that being at war changes our soldiers in ways the rest of us cannot begin to imagine. Rest in peace.

Akron, OH

#17 Aug 15, 2008
Having lost a family memeber in the war I know the outpouring of support and all the ceremony that goes along with process of laying them to rest. It doesn't look (at least from the picture) that this young man had the same honors. He died as a result of the war the same as any other soldier and he should have had a full military funeral with full honors. I feel ashamed that I did not follow this closer. I would have been at the funeral. This young man and his family deserve more. my prayers and thoughts are with all our young men and women and their families.
Medina County Dog

Virginia Beach, VA

#18 Aug 15, 2008
My deepest condolences to the family. I agree with Deployed. War changes everyone who touches it. It should always be the action of last resort. God bless and may you find peace.
T from Akron

Cleveland, OH

#20 Aug 15, 2008
Yet, we're winning the War in Iraq. These children will never know their father, just because our government neglected to do what's right!(yet again).

Wooster, OH

#22 Aug 15, 2008
What's disgusting is that our troops are USED, then kicked to the curb. That is NOT supporting our troops when you do that!

My uncle fought in Vietnam, got sprayed with that Agent Orange stuff, then died of cancer. Another casualty.

San Francisco, CA

#24 Aug 15, 2008
It is horrible that when trying to do something you feel is right and honorable can kill a man from the inside out. These soldiers need the communities assistance and we mustnt be to afraid to reach out to these men and women when they come home. Rest in peace.

Streetsboro, OH

#25 Aug 15, 2008
Realist wrote:
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Blah, blah, blah.... What part of volunteer don't you understand? If you volunteer to support moron-in-chief's war, and get your ssa shot off,
I'm supposed to feel sympathy for you!!!!
Just the opposite - you're a loser and just helped clean up the gene pool.
The real shame is that we've had countless brave men and women die since the founding of this great nation, so this idiot can sit in his Mother's basement and pretend to be an American. Typical parasite, lives off the blood of others.


#26 Aug 15, 2008
my deepest &most sincere sympathy to the family -----he is now at peacewith thelord --------damn this war!-support our boys &gals but for Gods sake -END THIS WAR!

Medina, OH

#27 Aug 15, 2008
This poor guy must have really went through some terrible times. I feel for him and his family.

Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld should be in prison awaiting execution for war crimes, treason, torture, violations of international law, and violations of the U. S. Constitution.

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