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For the family and friends of service members who died by suicide, Memorial Day can be not only a solemn day, but also a painful reminder that military suicides are not treated the same as combat deaths.

Kim Ruocco, the national director of suicide education and outreach at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, has experienced this isolating grief firsthand. This...
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  • Kim Ruocco holds the flag that covered her husbands casket outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco holds honorary military coins that were given to her husband outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco holds honorary military coins that were given to her husband outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco holds honorary military coins that were given to her husband outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco poses outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco embraces the flag that covered his casket outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco embraces the flag that covered his casket outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco holds a picture of her husband outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco sits in front of tree that was planted the year of her husband's death and looks at one of his military patches outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco sits in front of tree that was planted the year of her husband's death and looks at one of his military patches outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco sits in front of tree that was planted the year of her husband's death and looks at one of his military patches outside her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • John Ruocco's dog tags and a rosary hang on pine tree that was planted in his memory the Ruocco home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim Ruocco is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco holds a photo of her with her husband, John Ruocco, at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco looks at a photo of her with her husband, John Ruocco, at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • A picture of John and Kim Ruocco at their home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco poses at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco looks at a photo of her with her deceased husband, John Ruocco, at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco looks at a photo of her with her deceased husband, John Ruocco, at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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  • Kim Ruocco looks at a photo of her with her deceased husband, John Ruocco, at her home in Newbury, Massachusetts on May 24, 2012. Kim is currently the Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  John Ruocco, her husband and a Marine Corps major, committed suicide after a deployment in Iraq in 2005.
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