Midland Gold, White Star Family share their story of loss and hope

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) As we continue to bring awareness to veteran suicide, Big 2’s Amanda Mason spoke with the Arsiaga family who lost a loved one to combat and then another to suicide. They are continuing their fight to raise awareness of veteran suicide, sharing their story of loss, hoping no family has to endure the pain they’ve gone through.

On April 4, 2004, they lost Army Spc. Robert Arsiaga in Iraq and then two days before his 32nd birthday on September 4, 2015, they lost U.S. Marine Sgt. Jeremy Arsiaga to suicide.

“For the family members of veterans, active duty service members and first responders, and those who put their life on the line, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see somebody struggling, ask if they are ok and be there for them,” said Angel Munoz, the surviving sibling, and veteran.

Munoz said she wants to be the voice for her brothers and help other veterans and one of the best ways she found to express her emotions was through song. At the Songwriting With Soldiers
Retreat in May 2017 she wrote the lyrics to a song called, “Jeremy.” To hear the full song click here.

If you want to help support veterans in our community there is an event this weekend.

22 A Day Walk & Ride”- February 22, 2020

  • The Walk Registration 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Walk Starts: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Motorcycle Ride Starts: 12:30 p.m. starting at VFW 4149
  • There will also be BBQ plates available for $10 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. along with Tshirts and raffle tickets for a Ted Nugent autographed guitar. 

The proceeds from this event with benefit the VFW Post 4149 MG4 and the Boot Campaign. 

You can pre-registration by February 21 or register the day of the event both for $22. 

You can mail or drop off this form below with a check or money order payable to “VFW Post 4149” to VFW Post 4149 – 409 Veterans Airpark Ln. Midland, TX, 79705.Click to Download Form:2 A Day Walk & Ride – Registration Form. Download

Have you called your buddy today? If you or a loved one is struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

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