“There is a famous quote that says “you don’t know what you don’t know”. I was twenty-two years old when my husband, Sgt. Jeremy Hedrick, died by suicide. He had returned home just six months prior from a deployment in Afghanistan. When I picked him up at that homecoming celebration I thought the war was behind us, but for him…he never left.

My husband was a Marine. He was highly trained. He was prepared to go. But there was a definite lack of training for the families. There were no briefings on how to reintegrate. There was no information about what to expect. It was not until years after my husband’s death that I began to learn so much more about mental health, especially within our military. Jeremy was displaying signs that he was suffering emotionally. He was engaging in risky behavior by drinking too much. He was withdrawing and isolating himself. He was also uncharacteristically agitated. I cannot help but wonder “what if I had known to look for these signs”? Maybe if I had, my husband would still be with us. Maybe if we focus on training the next generation to Know the Five Signs then we will not have a generation of children without parents, wives without husbands, parents without sons, brothers without sisters. Sharing The Campaign to Change Direction’s Five Signs will prevent others from feeling such pain.

 

Sergeant Jeremy L. Hedrick, 24, formerly of High Point, departed from this life on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. He entered into the Marine Corps in 2005 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated from High Point Central High School and attended GTCC for two years. He was in the Marine ROTC progr

am while in high school and was a member of the Vocational Honor Society. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 1 and served as their Troop Leader for 3 years. He achieved his Brown Belt in Karate, loved horses, the great outdoors, country music, metal working and fishing. Jeremy was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was an all-around fine young man, as well as a Marine, who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

 

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  • Jeremiah Hedrick says:

    I found this story while attempting to retrieve personal documents on myself. (MCAS MIRAMAR bench press 300 lb club). I searched my name and unit on google and eventually out of curiosity found this sad story of brave hero who gave his life to our country and I want to thank him and his family for they’re time and dedication that they devoted prior to this unfortunate sacrafice.

    My name is JEREMIAH LUIS RAY HEDRICK. In the military I would write it as “CPL. HEDRICK, JEREMIAH L. Very similar to “SGT. HEDRICK, JEREMY L.
    I felt a since of Pride to have something in common with someone who gave his life a such an honorable way.
    SGT. HEDRICK stikes me as a; badass, squared away, motovated Marine. Somebody who “bleeds GREEN”. A man who help this countries Marines maintain our reputation and upholds to the Marine Corps core values “HONOR-COURAGE-&-COMMITMENT”. I’m sure it has not gone unoticed that this Marine gave his life defending our rights and freedom following order as he was trained. All on the Marine Corps birthday! Nov. 10th. My heart goes out to his wife children and any other loved ones that did not get to celebrate a homecoming of his deployment, but as a Marine I can tell you…giving his life on the Marine Corps birthday is ******* MOTOVATING! The amount of HONOR this gentlemen has and the amount of RESPECT I have for him is not measurable.
    After reflecting my thoughts of this story I couldnt help but notice another way to connect myself to such a glorified man. I will never be half the man that SGT. HEDRICK was but it gives me a hint of reassurance to know I joined the Marine Corps just a few days prior to the loss of his life. I went to boot camp Nov. 2nd 2009. I didnt give my life for my country, I am alive today and this story lets me know how lucky I am to go home to my wife and two children at the end of the day.

    REST IN PEACE SGT. HEDRICK
    THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM.
    YOUR LEGACY WILL BE PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE WORDS OF YOUR WIFE AND MAY YOU LIVE ON THROUGH THE HEARTS OF YOUR LOVED ONES!
    OOH RAAAW AMEN!

    – Jeremiah Hedrick
    San Diego CA.

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