The Dana Rook Fund

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Dana Rook was a loving son, brother, husband, nephew, and devoted friend to many. Dana was also an honorable soldier. He had been serving his country in the Army, returning home from Afghanistan in June of 2013. He had a loving family, a new bride and, like too many of our returning heroes, some deep issues to deal with. Those issues eventually became too great for him to bear, and on April 22, 2014, Dana took his own life.

As devastating as this is to Dana’s family, we know that this story of military veterans ending their own lives is becoming all too familiar. Whether this is caused by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, a lack of effective treatment or dozens of other possible reasons, we believe we must come together to help these veterans and surround their families with comfort and love.

B.R.A.I.N. has chosen this year to focus on the military. We know that the members of our armed services protect our freedoms every day. We need to do more to honor that service and come alongside those who need help making the transition from the battlefield back to the home front.

Dana’s family wants to honor his memory by supporting the work of B.R.A.I.N. They believe that the pain Dana felt – and the pain they are feeling – can be used for a greater purpose by helping others who are fighting the personal battle that Dana fought.

I should tell you that Dana’s story is personal to me. Dana’s aunt is my best friend from high school, and this story has reconnected us in a deep way. I so desperately want to do something to help this hurting family. I know that thoughts and prayers will comfort them and help lead us into action for the sake of Dana and all the other Danas struggling to survive.

May Dana’s memory be in our hearts to spur us on to love God and do His bidding.

– Sue Rueb

This article is dedicated to Dana’s wife, Heather Rook; mom, DeLynn McBride; father, Brad Rook; sister, Jessie Widders; and all of the family members and friends who love him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to B.R.A.I.N. to honor Dana’s memory.