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Something we need: Guidelines for how to handle it all when a member of your old unit, now a civilian, kills himself

How do you relate to the family? What is the best way to help old comrades burdened by the event?

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How do you notify? How do you relate to the family? What is the best way to help old comrades burdened by the event? Is there a way to run the funeral and reception in a constructive way?

And what are the things to avoid?

Have you seen something along these lines? If so, please let me know.

Photo credit: Cpl. John Martinez/Wikimedia Commons

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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