Army Specialist Robert Joseph Allen grew up in a military family, and followed the family tradition when he enlisted during his early 20s. He served for three years, including a deployment to Iraq with the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. After returning stateside, he lived with his wife and their two sons while stationed in Washington. Two years later — on August 2, 2012 — he committed suicide. That year saw the highest rate of active-duty military suicides ever recorded — more soldiers died from suicide than combat. His mother, Cathy Sprigg, sat down with StoryCorps in Tampa, Florida to remember him. Originally aired May 26, 2018, on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.