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Jessica’s parents ask our military community: Will you send this Army wife a card for her Easter Basket of Cheer?

If you need a reminder about the healing power of a kind word — or the many caring people who support our military families — look no further than the blog of Jessica, who writes at {Mis}Adventures of an Army Spouse. Hundreds of military spouses, friends, and strangers left notes of support this week for Jessica, who posted her suicide note this past Monday. Thankfully, Jessica is alive and getting treatment. Yesterday, all of us who left comments for Jessica on her blog received an email from her parents. They’re rallying the community to send old-fashioned snail mail to Jessica for Easter. Here is their email: 

Tom and I want to thank all of you for the kind words you have posted on Jessica’s blog.  Jessica is currently in the hospital for an unknown length of stay and will require continued therapy afterwards.  I was able to visit with her for about 1 1/2 hours on Thursday, 14 April, and she is starting to realize her actions last week as well as the events that led to her depression and suicide attempt.  I did print out all your comments from her blog and was able to give her a hardcopy.
One of Jessica’s friends had a great idea that Tom and I are following up Easter Basket filled with notes and cards of encouragement, empathy, stories, understanding or good ole humor!  If we could be so bold to the virtual community, we would like to ask you to send your thoughts, notes, cards, etc. to the P.O. Box below that we have now established:
P.O. Box 292138
Columbia, SC  29229
I will gather them into an Easter Basket of Cheer for Jessica this week to continue to let her know she is not alone nor are the events she experienced isolated to just her. 
Please do not send gifts or money....just your words of encouragement and prayers.
Please let the word spread.....
Thanks again to all you,
 --  From the parents of Jessica....Tom in NM and now Sue in SC

While you’re helping the Easter Bunny get ready for his big day this Sunday, keep a good thought for Jessica and her family. Please forward this posting to spread the word. 




Thinking of Jessica: A milspouse needs your prayers

Today our thoughts and prayers are with Jessica, a military spouse who blogs at {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife. I’ve been following her blog for months, and today’s post was a shocker. It is titled “A Final Goodbye” — and it is her suicide note. Several bloggers and fellow milspouses contacted authorities soon after the post went up. According to commenters, Jessica is alive and getting treatment. We wish her all the best as she makes her way back to emotional and physical health. 

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, check out the free counseling offered to military families by Give an Hour. The program is available to extended family members, which means grandmothers, cousins, brothers, mothers, and fiancées of someone in the military can speak with licensed counselors at no charge.