My Hero - Army SPC Noah C. Pierce

by Cheryl Softich
(Eveleth, MN)

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.

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Feb 09, 2012
I'm sorry, Noah...
by: Anonymous

I served with Noah both during Operation Iraqi Freedom and in the several months after re-deploying stateside in 2003-2004. I considered him a close friend, even outside of work. He was always good for a laugh, incredibly laid back, and well liked by the rest of his platoonmates.

after I received a medical discharge in the summer of 2004, I lost track of my platoon and myself. . I was very close to doing much the same thing. A close friend of mine came through to me, and I will forever owe her my life. It wasn't until 3 years after the fact that I found out about Pierce.

I only wish I could've been there for him.

Jul 24, 2011
Sorry can't begin
by: Ginger

I lost my 23 year old daughter 10 months ago. My son is a Marine and I know what he has gone through with his PTSD, due to being deployed in a conflict zone....My grief has been shared on a facebook website JUST for grieving mothers. It is called "grieving mothers" and it is a closed site, so you can say things that your regular FB friends cannot see.
Hugs to you. This is a journey no mother wants!

Jul 23, 2011
Proud to be American
by: Brenda

I am so proud of all who is apart of the U.S. Military all 3 of my sons were in the Army, and they told me it is not what people think it is, My sons would tell me what even would happen before they went over Seas
My son Shawn he gained weight due to a thyroid and they put him out I was proud of the Army but they are treated worse then dogs they get on the tv and say all this good stuff to the other countrys and spend millions of dollars but let are people die. Call them names and talk about there moms I asked someone why they done that well we break them down to build them up.

there is no why on Gods earth that anyone can be prepared for the hell and heat and stuff these service people go though, My son says they are trained Killer plan and simple,that what there trained for

I am really sorry to hear about your son i miss mine everyday.

Jul 18, 2011
One Mom To Another
by: Jean

My son also did that 6/25/2011 because of unending physical pain. It is still too fresh in all our minds. You are not alone, trust in God to see you thru. Bless you, dear one.

Jul 16, 2011
The cracks are wide
by: Anonymous

Dear Cheryl,

I am so sorry for your pain and loss. Your son is still a hero. He served his country to keep us safe and came back home where he expected to be safe. How sad and frustrating. Know that there is someone who never allows anyone to fall threw the cracks. He never forgets a face and our names are written on His hand. May God comfort you every moment. Blessings, GT

Jul 14, 2011
To Cheryl
by: Julie, Michigan

I'm so sorry for your loss Cheryl. My prayers are with you and your family. Nothing words can say.

Jul 14, 2011
Fallen Through The Cracks
by: TrishJ

First and foremost I am sorry for your loss. When you used the term fell through the cracks ~ I was instantly sickened.
My husband fell through the cracks at the VA. I was disgusted to learn that the VA offers it's vets mediocre health care at best. These brave fighting men are not even aware that in many cases they are being give sub-standard care by the government that they represented and put their lives on the line for. My husband was promised a heart transplant by the VA. They had no intentions of giving him a transplant and played games with us for 18 months. By the time we got him to the civilian facility he so desperately needed to be at it was basically too late.
I have a law suit pending currently against the VA. If there is any monetary gain my son and I plan to use that money for better care for our servicemen and vets. I want to establish a foundation in my husband's name to help the families of our returned men get the care they need.
I can't even imagine being 19 or 20 years old, being in a foreign country, waking up every day fearing that this may be my last day on earth, not knowing what the day will bring. It would be enough to drive the healthiest of minds over the edge. God bless your son. I know he is finally at peace. You should be proud of him and always cherish his memory.
Hugs and peace to you.

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