PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Stephanie Lembo says it was love at first sight when she met her husband in 2005.
Shortly after meeting and falling in love, Stephanie married Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Lembo.
In 2008, the pair had two children and were living ” a normal life,” according to the video.
One year later, Stephanie suffered a miscarriage while Anthony was in Germany.
“He had training the first week in November 2010. He told me he only got 5 hours of sleep that week,” a notecard said, as Stephanie broke down in tears. “He came home that week a different person completely.”
She says that despite asking her husband to get help, he said he couldn’t because he would lose his security clearance.
Instead, he committed suicide on Nov. 8, 2010.
“I lost my husband, my best friend, my soulmate, my provider. My kids lost their daddy, their role model, their future best friend, their guidance.”
After two years of blaming herself, Stephanie says she researched his symptoms and realized he suffered from PTSD/ sleep deprivation.
Now, she spends her time trying to bring awareness to the symptoms of PTSD and wants to help service members get help outside of the V.A.
Since posting her video on World Suicide Prevention Day, it has been viewed more than 20 million times.