Thanks/ Shannon CrossBear (Friend) Thanks Terri for sharing som much of Jason with us. I know the pain of such a loss, another warrior down, wounded in the depths of his being. I pray daily that his sacrifice will lend us all the strength to continue the battle to claim those that are hurting, to recongnize and respond to those wounds that are not apparent at first glance and to keep our promise to care for those that have offered their services to us in life.
YOUR HEART IS STILL SHINING / L. Bly (friend)
HERE'S A CANDLE / CHELE PEEL (F)
American Soldier / Bryan Laura Nick Kayla Joy Bly (Family Friend )
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
Everybody Please Read / Jason Sanders (Brother/Best Friend ) Its 3:30am right now as I write this out of boredem and out of love for the person who lost his life, Im really horrible with this stuff damn this already sucks (sorry to bore you coop) But I spent some of the night tonight with Mick, and Jena. As you all know they are like family to me (and Teri too) so as I drove around Des MONEY tonight in Jason's/MY car I realized I missed him so much, I would trade it all just to see him again... the car, all my stuff, its all worthless unless you have somebody to share it with. Yeah I have lots of friends but none like jason. I know I was a horrible friend when I got back not just to jason but to everybody, I didnt pay any attention to any of my friends and neglected all of them. So I guess im writing this to say SORRY. Jason Im so SORRY I wasnt there. I just wish you would have called me you could call upon me for anything and you knew that. DAMN I just get so mad sometimes that you did this.....BUT I still love ya and cant wait to see you again. JUST so there are no mistakes my phone number DID change it now is (641)455-6668 (sorry I didnt call you with my new number jena) anybody can call me at any time if they wanna talk. I miss you JASON. Oh one last thing if you ever see me out driving around honk and wave.... you can't miss the car! RIPJC- I cant wait until we party again
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN / Kayla Joy (Friend)
IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY AND MEMORIES WERE A LANE I WOULD WALK RIGHT UP TO HEAVEN TO BRING YOU HOME AGAIN NO FAREWELL WORDS WERE SPOKEN NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE YOU WERE GONE BEFORE I KNEW IT AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY MY HEART STILL ACHES WITH SADNESS AND SECRET TEARS STILL FLOW WHAT IT MEANT TO LOSE YOU NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW
Very sad news. / Aaron Cope (Battle buddy basic training ) I was telling my wife tonight about basic training and I’ve kept my brief time in the military private. I was talking about my the guys I was training with and mentioned Jason. He was in the bunk below me and my was my battle buddie. We spent a lot of time together that first 6 weeks, saw that pic of his duc many times, as well as showing him the bikes I had. Tonight was the first night I’ve tried to search for anyone from basic and he was the first one I searched for. Watched the YouTube video of graduation and that’s exactly how I remember him. He was always so positive during training. I’m saddened by the news, I was truly expecting unbelievable accomplishment after accomplishement but tragically life has its own plan.
I was one of the war lock members with him / Luis Mari (warlock member ) I came back in 2005 , then I heard about rhe instance. Sorry to the family.I am drunk now. Jason and our teams came together due to our lack of resources. We met in Abu Garib prison before an attack towa4dws base, we went to pick damaged vehiclexz . Sorry what about what happened . Luis Mari 1544 transportation Co. *IL
Godspeed My Friend... / Robert Woolum (Fellow Soldier )
We served together on Seitz. What I remember most about you... always having music in your ear and dancing, dancing, dancing!!!
I've been fighting negative feelings/emotions and I've prayed daily for a solution. I don't know how but I know I was drawn to a certain video online through YOUTUBE. "It just landed there"... is what I told myself. You see ... I was distracted still with my negativity and wasn't paying attention to how it happened. But it's an answer to my prayers and a angel from heaven. This SPC. and his loving family/friends together has reached myself and I'm sure others in such a way to save lives. SO FIRST OFF THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE TODAY!
Next I would like to convey my deep felt sorrow/despair over this LOSS. I don't know SPC. Jason Edward Cooper but It seems I signed up to join around the exact same time of his end. Now that my story reflects his in such ways I've been figting seemingly alone with things. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY.... SOMETHING TELLS ME THERE IS MORE AFTER THIS LIFE.... Whether that's how people keep memories alive and they continue to help others with there struggle or if I tell you personally that it feels like he's here with me now in the name of GOD to save people like me. I FEEL SO SAD FOR THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION but I feel as if GOD'S LOVE has saved me here. AND if i'm not even fit to talk here I WANT SAY JASON HAS TO BE THERE IN HEAVEN AND HERE WITH ME NOW SAVING MY LIFE AS GOD HAS SAVED US ALL!
I know it's sad and hard to accept! My heart is broken by just the video of things and I never even met. I can only imagine the intensity for family/friends. BUT BELIEVE ME.... HE IS NOT ONLY....NOT FORGOTTEN.......BUT......STILL WITH US IN HOLY SPIRIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN FOR SPC JASON EDWARD COOPER.
YOUR BROTHER IN ARMS
SGT. GARY SPRINKLE
Fair Winds and Following Seas Soldier / Marc Masters (Fellow Veteran )
As a Senior Chief Sonar Technician in the Navy Reserves and having spent 10 years on Active Duty I have seen the effects of PTSD. My wife is a Psychiatric Nurse out here in Utah and she has also seen what it can do to a person. My condolences to you and your family and no matter the nature of how Jason passed his service to our country and his courage to stand up for what he believed in should NEVER be questioned.
STGCS(SW) Marc Masters
1987 Chariton High School Graduate
Salute to a hero / Michelle Gonzalez (passerby)
Even though I did not know u..... I am a nurse at a Veterans Hospital in Manhattan.......I have worked here for 23 years and my admiration and respect never ends.......U guys give so muchyet u ask 4 so little sometimes nothing at all.......Probably u did not want to bother anybody yet u were surrounded by so much luv..........I truly sorry that a person with ur couragehonor had 2 go so young...........I know God received u with open armshe saw ur pain and wanted so bad 2 help u...................Now u r an angel soldier relaxingsmiling u can say now I am free free at last............
Beyond the call of duty!!!!!!!!!!!
America is proud of its soldierswe salute and honor u here at the US DEPT.OF VETERANS AFFAIRSNEW YORK HARBOR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
with much love and respect 2 u and ur family
Terri, I'm so sorry for your loss / Lori Hanson (Thankful Citizen )
I was Googling hanging a flag upside down after watching "In the Valley of Elah." I, too, believe our country is still in distress and that it won't end even when all our troops are home. I have two friends whose sons have signs of PTSD. One has gotten into trouble with the local police during a flashback. Even though his mother got him a lawyer who was a former Marine, the lawyer treated him like he was a whiner rather than someone with a legitimate problem.
I have always been interested in history and I grew up watching soldiers being dragged out of the jungles of Vietnam on the TV news. I don't think any of us back here living in relative safety can know what it's like for those who serve in places where there's always someone trying to kill them. Or know what it's like for someone who is normally kind and gentle to have to commit an act of violence in defense of oneself or others.
Thank you for sharing your story.
To Jason's Family / Chris Lewis (introduced recently hy his sister )
I want to take this time to offer my thoughts and prayers to Jason's family. His story and His life were presented to me through his sister jena. In one day jason has forever touched my life, and I can only imagine the impact on those who shared years with him. Jason I too am an Iraqi Veteran with PTSD, so I hope its ok if I look up and call you friend and or brother. You are one of the few who know what it's like............... All I know is your name, but I learned of what a great man and hero you became...
To his family, if there is anything I can do, or if you just need someone to talk to please and I mean please dont hesitate to contact me. I know sharing his story must be very difficult, but it has touched me very deeply. Heaven is safer because of Jason....
love ya bro, my fellow vet, and if it's ok with you friend
ireland/ Adam Kelly I am from ireland.I was searching for something on google and this site came up.my prayers are with the Cooper family.
Jason/ Lisa Johnson Thank you for sharing Jason's story. I never knew him, just came upon this site and his story. I had no idea that suicides were happening among soldiers, how very sad. My father committed suicide 13 years ago, and I know how very hard it is to live with that. My heart goes out to Jason and his family and friends.
You will never be forgotten, prayers to your mom, dad, family, and friends. Please contact me if you need any help or need someone else to talk to.
I MISS U... / Distant Friend Friend (none)
Jas~ ya know this is going to sound crazy but i was in love with you from day one litterally at skating.... your smile was enough to make me melt i never got the chance to tell you that and i am sorry i will make one promise to you i will never take time for granted, i only have one pic of you and that is when we were in eighth grade at skate south it was me you and kayla and we were sitting on your lap!!!! you used to tell me that everything was going to be ok and that some day we were going to get married deep down i knew you were joking although i won't lie i did love you... my heart and best wishes go out to your family and i will stand behind them 1000% i turned my flag upside down for you and the day your mom turns hers i will turn mine