Fresh Air from WHYY, May 11, 2009 · Army Major General Mark Graham lost two sons who were serving in the military. In 2003, Graham’s 21-year-old son Kevin, a top ROTC cadet at the University of Kentucky, hanged himself after battling depression. Less than a year later, 23-year-old Jeff died when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq.
Graham was struck by the different ways his sons’ deaths were regarded. He has since enacted measures to ensure that all soldiers from the base he commands in Fort Carson, Colo. receive full military funerals and memorial services, regardless of whether they died in combat or by their own hand.