Valley woman, Gina Palmer, loses marine husband to suicide

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Gina Palmer still remembers the phone call.

Her ex-husband, Sgt. Christopher Palmer, telling her he was planning on ending his life back in 2011.

He lived in Tuscon at the time, she was in Peoria. She says Tuscon SWAT team members tried to stop him, but were unsuccessful.

She believes it was the result of his PTSD following two deployments to Iraq more than 10 years ago.

"They have this stare," said Palmer, referring to her ex-husband's eyes while battling PTSD. "They just kind of gaze off into whatever was going on when they were deployed."

And it had a chilling effect on the her and their two kids.

"You start a whole other war with the family, trying to get yourself back together," said Palmer.

According to the Arizona Department of Health, 250 veterans committed suicide in 2012, 231 just last year. 

Two years after it all, Gina wants families to know they're not alone. 

"The best piece of advice I can give is to talk about it and get support from people. Don't just hide like it's a stigma." 

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