My Hero - Army SPC Noah C. Pierce
by Cheryl Softich
My son Noah served two tours in Iraq. He was there for the invasion in 2003 - only 19 years old. My son came home in 2006 very sick with PTSD and then he slipped through all the cracks in the system at the time - he put a gun to his head July 26, 2007. In a poem he left behind, he said that "physically he is home - mentally he never would be." He was so right. PTSD kills you from the inside out and my son is dead at the age of 23.