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In memory of John Fitzgerald Bodner

At 16, I lost my father, U.S. Army veteran, John, to suicide. Now 24, I am getting married this week, during Suicide Awareness Month, on his birthday, September 7. My father was mentally unwell, not only from battle, but from bipolar disorder as well. A man that unstable should not have had access to guns, yet our house was stocked with them. It makes me angry that if gun reform and mental health were prominently addressed in this country, by our government, my father would be able to walk me down the aisle this week.

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