Leslie Hurd is a Navy CACO, or Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. When active duty members of the Navy die, CACOs break the news to their families – and support them during their time of grief.
Sometimes, these calls involve suicide. It’s estimated that roughly 22 veterans in the U.S. commit suicide each day.
At StoryCorps, Leslie remembers breaking the news to one of those families.
Originally aired May 23, 2015, on NPR’s Weekend Edition.