Heroic Iraq vet commits suicide

Heroic Iraq vet, Capt. Peter Linnerooth, who spent years counseling soldiers during the bloodiest stretches of the Iraq war lost his struggle with PTSD and committed suicide on Jan. 2, 2013. He was 42.

In this Autumn 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb, McNabb places a "combat patch" on Pete Linnerooth's uniform at their office in Baghdad, denoting that he had been in-country long enough to earn the badge of honor and is officially a combat veteran. Capt. Linnerooth was an Army psychologist who counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. Hundreds upon hundreds sought his help. For nightmares and insomnia. For shock and grief. And for reaching that point where they just wanted to end it all. Linnerooth did such a good job his Army comrades dubbed him The Wizard. His "magic" was deceptively simple: an instant rapport with soldiers, an empathetic manner, a big heart. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
In this Autumn 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb, McNabb places a "combat patch" on Pete Linnerooth's uniform at their office in Baghdad, denoting that he had been in-country long enough to earn the badge of honor and is officially a combat veteran. Capt. Linnerooth was an Army psychologist who counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. Hundreds upon hundreds sought his help. For nightmares and insomnia. For shock and grief. And for reaching that point where they just wanted to end it all. Linnerooth did such a good job his Army comrades dubbed him The Wizard. His "magic" was deceptively simple: an instant rapport with soldiers, an empathetic manner, a big heart. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
In this Autumn 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb, McNabb places a "combat patch" on Pete Linnerooth's uniform at their office in Baghdad, denoting that he had been in-country long enough to earn the badge of honor and is officially a combat veteran. Capt. Linnerooth was an Army psychologist who counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. Hundreds upon hundreds sought his help. For nightmares and insomnia. For shock and grief. And for reaching that point where they just wanted to end it all. Linnerooth did such a good job his Army comrades dubbed him The Wizard. His "magic" was deceptively simple: an instant rapport with soldiers, an empathetic manner, a big heart. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This 2007 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth, right, and Travis Landchild sitting outside their mental health clinic in Baghdad. McNabb, Landchild and Linnerooth were the tight-knit mental health crew in charge of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area. They were there when the surge began, rocket attacks increased and the death toll mounted. Fairchild says the three dubbed themselves "a dysfunctional tripod." Translation: One of the three 'legs' was always broken, or stressed out, and without fail, "the other two would step up and support that person." (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This 2007 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth, right, and Travis Landchild sitting outside their mental health clinic in Baghdad. McNabb, Landchild and Linnerooth were the tight-knit mental health crew in charge of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area. They were there when the surge began, rocket attacks increased and the death toll mounted. Fairchild says the three dubbed themselves "a dysfunctional tripod." Translation: One of the three 'legs' was always broken, or stressed out, and without fail, "the other two would step up and support that person." (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This 2007 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth, right, and Travis Landchild sitting outside their mental health clinic in Baghdad. McNabb, Landchild and Linnerooth were the tight-knit mental health crew in charge of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area. They were there when the surge began, rocket attacks increased and the death toll mounted. Fairchild says the three dubbed themselves "a dysfunctional tripod." Translation: One of the three 'legs' was always broken, or stressed out, and without fail, "the other two would step up and support that person." (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
In this 1974 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez, her brother, Pete, colors Easter eggs with their father, Dave Linnerooth at their home in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
In this 1974 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez, her brother, Pete, colors Easter eggs with their father, Dave Linnerooth at their home in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
In this 1974 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez, her brother, Pete, colors Easter eggs with their father, Dave Linnerooth at their home in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This circa 1980 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows the Linnerooth family, father, David, mother, Gayle, Pete and Mary next to their Christmas tree at their home in Rochester, Minn. Gayle, who adopted Pete when he was 9½ weeks old, recalls a loving little boy who adored animals, talked up a storm at 18 months old and was very sensitive. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This circa 1980 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows the Linnerooth family, father, David, mother, Gayle, Pete and Mary next to their Christmas tree at their home in Rochester, Minn. Gayle, who adopted Pete when he was 9½ weeks old, recalls a loving little boy who adored animals, talked up a storm at 18 months old and was very sensitive. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This circa 1980 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows the Linnerooth family, father, David, mother, Gayle, Pete and Mary next to their Christmas tree at their home in Rochester, Minn. Gayle, who adopted Pete when he was 9½ weeks old, recalls a loving little boy who adored animals, talked up a storm at 18 months old and was very sensitive. (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This Dec. 15, 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth in their Christmas-decorated office in Baghdad, Iraq. Capt. Linnerooth, an Army psychologist, counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This Dec. 15, 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth in their Christmas-decorated office in Baghdad, Iraq. Capt. Linnerooth, an Army psychologist, counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This Dec. 15, 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows Pete Linnerooth in their Christmas-decorated office in Baghdad, Iraq. Capt. Linnerooth, an Army psychologist, counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This circa 2010 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows him and Pete Linnerooth during a dinner in Capitola, Calif. Linnerooth's best buddy, McNabb, recalls when they were Army psychologists in Baghdad how they'd laugh and find parallels to the plight of Ernest Shackleton, whose ship, Endurance, became trapped in the Antarctic during an early 20th century expedition. The crew ended up on an ice floe, scrambling to survive. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This circa 2010 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows him and Pete Linnerooth during a dinner in Capitola, Calif. Linnerooth's best buddy, McNabb, recalls when they were Army psychologists in Baghdad how they'd laugh and find parallels to the plight of Ernest Shackleton, whose ship, Endurance, became trapped in the Antarctic during an early 20th century expedition. The crew ended up on an ice floe, scrambling to survive. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This circa 2010 photo provided by Brock McNabb shows him and Pete Linnerooth during a dinner in Capitola, Calif. Linnerooth's best buddy, McNabb, recalls when they were Army psychologists in Baghdad how they'd laugh and find parallels to the plight of Ernest Shackleton, whose ship, Endurance, became trapped in the Antarctic during an early 20th century expedition. The crew ended up on an ice floe, scrambling to survive. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This July 2011 photo shows Pete Linnerooth and his two children, Jack and Whitney, in Lake Tahoe during his wedding to Melanie Walsh. Though Linnerooth moved to California, he remained an attentive, loving father. He'd fly to Minnesota often and while in California, he'd call his children every night. He'd read to his son; he created a cartoon series for his daughter featuring a spider they called Gigerenzer. He'd Skype with his kids, too, content just to watch them watch TV. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This July 2011 photo shows Pete Linnerooth and his two children, Jack and Whitney, in Lake Tahoe during his wedding to Melanie Walsh. Though Linnerooth moved to California, he remained an attentive, loving father. He'd fly to Minnesota often and while in California, he'd call his children every night. He'd read to his son; he created a cartoon series for his daughter featuring a spider they called Gigerenzer. He'd Skype with his kids, too, content just to watch them watch TV. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This July 2011 photo shows Pete Linnerooth and his two children, Jack and Whitney, in Lake Tahoe during his wedding to Melanie Walsh. Though Linnerooth moved to California, he remained an attentive, loving father. He'd fly to Minnesota often and while in California, he'd call his children every night. He'd read to his son; he created a cartoon series for his daughter featuring a spider they called Gigerenzer. He'd Skype with his kids, too, content just to watch them watch TV. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)
This undated image provided by Amy Linnerooth shows a drawing made by Pete Linnerooth for their daughter, Whitney. Linnerooth created a cartoon series for her featuring a spider, center, they called "Gigerenzer." (AP Photo)
This undated image provided by Amy Linnerooth shows a drawing made by Pete Linnerooth for their daughter, Whitney. Linnerooth created a cartoon series for her featuring a spider, center, they called "Gigerenzer." (AP Photo)
This undated image provided by Amy Linnerooth shows a drawing made by Pete Linnerooth for their daughter, Whitney. Linnerooth created a cartoon series for her featuring a spider, center, they called "Gigerenzer." (AP Photo)
This Dec. 2009 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows her and her brother, Pete Linnerooth at their aunt and uncle's home in St. Mary's Point, Minn. Coming back from serving in Iraq, his family noticed he wasn't the same when they met him in Schweinfurt, Germany. "He came home burdened," says Mary. "He was disappointed that he couldn't affect the wheels of change. ... I think he was defeated." (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This Dec. 2009 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows her and her brother, Pete Linnerooth at their aunt and uncle's home in St. Mary's Point, Minn. Coming back from serving in Iraq, his family noticed he wasn't the same when they met him in Schweinfurt, Germany. "He came home burdened," says Mary. "He was disappointed that he couldn't affect the wheels of change. ... I think he was defeated." (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This Dec. 2009 photo provided by Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez shows her and her brother, Pete Linnerooth at their aunt and uncle's home in St. Mary's Point, Minn. Coming back from serving in Iraq, his family noticed he wasn't the same when they met him in Schweinfurt, Germany. "He came home burdened," says Mary. "He was disappointed that he couldn't affect the wheels of change. ... I think he was defeated." (AP Photo/Mary Linnerooth Gonzalez)
This Feb. 15, 2013 photo shows the grave site of Capt. Peter Linnerooth at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Linnerooth's friend, Brock McNabb mulled over how to leave a legacy for his friend's kids - a memorial that would give them peace and make them proud. But he was limited to 30 characters for the message on Pete's headstone. How do you honor a life in a handful of words? McNabb then remembered something Linnerooth had once told him: "Maybe we're all meant for just one great deed and we're done." (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
This Feb. 15, 2013 photo shows the grave site of Capt. Peter Linnerooth at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Linnerooth's friend, Brock McNabb mulled over how to leave a legacy for his friend's kids - a memorial that would give them peace and make them proud. But he was limited to 30 characters for the message on Pete's headstone. How do you honor a life in a handful of words? McNabb then remembered something Linnerooth had once told him: "Maybe we're all meant for just one great deed and we're done." (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
This Feb. 15, 2013 photo shows the grave site of Capt. Peter Linnerooth at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Linnerooth's friend, Brock McNabb mulled over how to leave a legacy for his friend's kids - a memorial that would give them peace and make them proud. But he was limited to 30 characters for the message on Pete's headstone. How do you honor a life in a handful of words? McNabb then remembered something Linnerooth had once told him: "Maybe we're all meant for just one great deed and we're done." (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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