A Vet’s Suicide Pushes the VA To Do Better – NPR

Your kid can grow up, even join the Army and go to war, and you’ll still do dad things when he comes back. David Toombs would make his son lunch.

“I always made him extra, just in case he got hungry or he wanted a snack or he was running low on money. So I made his lunch like a typical dad,” says Toombs.

Toombs worked right next to his son, John, at a steel die shop in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

John took the job after leaving the Army, but he couldn’t leave his memories of Afghanistan behind so easily. He developed a drug problem that landed him in the residential treatment program at the Murfreesboro Veterans Affairs center.

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