Navy SEAL’s Parents Speak About Son’s Death and PTSD

Navy SEAL Robert Guzzo Jr., son of former Navy SEAL Bob Guzzo, tragically took his own life after a deployment to Iraq in 2006. Despite being the best of the best, Navy SEALs are not immune to the stress and impact that comes from operating within a war zone.

Just recently, another Navy SEAL, Job Price, died of an apparent suicide while deployed as the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team 4 in Afghanistan. It is important that the military, operators, and family alike understand that Post Traumatic Stree Disorder (PTSD) can affect everyone and we must understand, support, and help all our brave warriors who suffer from it.

Watch the video from The Fold to learn more about the battles Rob Guzzo fought.

About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.

10 comments
AmirPishdadJr
AmirPishdadJr

Bob Guzzo Sr. was my Teammate and is my Brother Frog.  My heart is saddened because of events that lead to  this tragic loss.  Guzzo Jr, followed in his father's footsteps which no father was more proud than his dad.... However, my heart remains saddened. Thank you for sharing this story.   HooYah to the Guzzo family.  I am, always there for you.

Copecyn924
Copecyn924

My heart is breaking, such a touching video.  My deepest condolences to the Guzzo family, may God be you during these trying time. RIP, US hero....We will not forget all you have given.

Thought I'd share.

May your loved one soar on Eagles wings for the great courage he has shown, our freedom which he fought for and he love of country for which he gave.

 

They are not just a solider; they are someone’s child,

They are not just a soldier;they are someone’s love,

They are not just a soldier;they are someone’s parent,

They are not just a solider;they are someone’s friend,

They are not just a soldier, they are our soldiers.

May we never turn them into a statistic and always remember all the hearts they touched, courage they personified and life they had lived. To the families of our fallen words can not express our sadness.

God Bless..

HugeFan
HugeFan

This just tears me up. 

gunslinger6
gunslinger6

Always sad to hear when this happens. My prayers are with this family

Old PH2
Old PH2

The rumors flying around the internet about Cmdr. Price are so toxic to be all most cartoonish.  I hope that someone might respectfully and tactfully tell all those yahoos to STFU!  Every loss is a tragedy.

Recon6
Recon6

FUCK!!  My heart breaks for that Family and their son.. Godspeed...6

marbito11
marbito11

damn, thats sad. hope he is in a better place

Copecyn924
Copecyn924

 @AmirPishdadJr 

My heart is breaking for you guys....  Keep the faith and "God Bless" the family and you....  Give Bob Sr a call, bet he'd love to hear from you....

HugeFan
HugeFan

 @Recon6 Mine too brother... I hope NSW can address this before it becomes a shadow partner to the already astronomically high suicide rate of the combined DoD.

Kiyabear
Kiyabear

 @LCpl X Marine Corps  @Recon6 LCpl, this situation is as old as war.  It's been referred to as a nervious condition, shell shock, etc. since WWI.  And the earlier vets handled it much the same way - self-medication and checking-out - either emotionally or physically.  It's tied up with so many factors: cultural pressures, societal norms and man's basic reptilian brain that screams for one to protect themselves while man's training and higher brain forces them to run toward danger instead of away from it.  Men were executed in the field for cowardice when that breaking moment came for them and today just a hint of 'cowardice' is a stigma.  I suspect the pressure is the greatest on SOF personnel, who not only overcame challenges to their bodies, emotions and mind just to reach that level, but then are required to continue overcoming ALL challenges they meet.  They are given meticulious training on how to care for their bodies and gear, to overcome the societal constraints on taking a life and how to overcome man's built-in instincts.  But no one taught them how to fight the enemy within.  No one taught them that how to battle their own demons or how to avoid those demons.  There's an old country saying:  It's too late to close the barn door after the horse has escaped.