Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of LCPL Adam Thomas Puckett. At the time of his death, just 25 years old, Adam had just returned from his second combat deployment with the United States Marine Corps. He was home on leave.
For the past year, the lives of countless people have been affected because LCPL Puckett died an unexpected death. Our lives will never be the same because he is no longer with us, but the difficult part to come to terms with is how he died.
It’s normal to worry, and we almost come to expect our troops to die in the war zone, but it’s not within the realm of our understanding to get our loved one home from war only to find them dead a few days later. According to the coroner, the cause of death would likely be “overdose”, but the true cause of this combat related death is Post Traumatic Stress.
We all knew something wasn’t right. After his return from his first deployment to Iraq, his parents were concerned about him, but as all Marines do, Adam insisted that he was fine. He returned to his base to train and prepare for the next deployment just a few short months away.