Suicidal Thoughts Recalled by Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden told families of fallen troops his experience of losing his first wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972, at the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.
Biden was so depressed from the accident that he admitted having suicidal thoughts: ”It was the first time in my career, in my life, I realized someone could go out — and I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but no, but it’s more important, you’re more important. For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide.
“I was down in Washington hiring my staff and I got a phone call, saying that my family had been in an accident,” he said. “And just like you guys know by the tone of the phone call, you just knew. You knew when they walked up the path. You knew when the call came. You knew. You just felt it in your bones: Something bad happened. And I knew — I don’t know how I knew, but the caller said my wife is dead. My daughter is dead. And I wasn’t sure how my sons were going to make it. They were Christmas shopping and a tractor trailer broadsided them.
“In one instant, killed two of them and, well…” Biden said, his voice brimming with emotion.
After sharing his tragedy, the vice president ended on a positive note, encouraging listeners to stay strong and understand darkness of losing a loved one .
“Folks, it can and will get better,”