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Widow: After 8 deployments, Army Ranger takes own life

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Ashley says her husband Jared tried to come to grips with what he'd seen and done on his eight deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"And there's no way that any God would forgive him - that he was going to hell," says Ashley. "He couldn't live with that any more."

Ashley says her Army Ranger husband wanted out of the military.

"He just wanted to know what it felt like to be normal again," she says.

Staff Sgt. Hagemann had orders to return to Afghanistan this month for a ninth tour of duty.

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    What to say? It's truly tragic that this young warrior and hero couldn't get help to deal with his demons. Unfortunately, he is not the first and isn't likely to be the last. Beyond the loss of an obviously brave and dedicated trooper, we should all feel terribly humbled and morally debased by his untimely and hollow passing. He was asked to give more than he should have and, sadly, gave all. the best that can be said is that he did what he felt he needed to do - right or wrong, it's not anyone else's call.)

     As someone who has experienced a nmber of "combats", I would only say to his family that such things change everyone who experiences them; we all deal with everything that happens in our lives in our own, "best" way. No matter the outcome, for what little comfprt it might be, it is certain that he aquitted himself admirably in his short life and so few of us can claim as much. without knowing him, I'd venture that he did more for so many than he ever asked in return. He lived well and honorably, you must be sure.

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