My brother and I started the summer each year jumping into Lake Michigan on Memorial Day weekend. He was my hero. He was a hero to a lot of other people too. Ben served his country and his community, but his struggles with depression were too great a burden. My brother ended his life with a firearm in July 2006. Now I take my children to Lake Michigan on Memorial Day weekend, and they jump in the lake, and we talk about the uncle they never got to meet. Red Flag legislation could have saved my brother’s life, and it could save the lives of thousands. The painful ripple effects of suicide leave a lasting impact.