Fallen Heroes: Meals of Honor

A Suffolk mother whose son survived combat in Iraq but died on the homefront is committed to helping soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

By helping her son's comrades, Mary Stea has

By helping her son's comrades, Mary Stea has found the recipe for healing her broken heart. "All I know is I am at my happiest when I'm cooking for them because I feel like I'm cooking for Daniel," she says.

COMMACK - A Suffolk mother whose son survived combat in Iraq only to die on the homefront is committed to helping other soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Two years ago, Mary Stea, of Commack, began the long, painful journey of learning how to live without her only child and best friend. Her son, Army Spc. Daniel Stea, died after losing his battle with the emotional wounds of war.

After returning home from war at age 25, his mother says he started to show classic signs of PTSD. One day, he pushed a couch against his bedroom door, and when his father tried to get into the room, he shot himself.

After losing her son, Mary Stea has sought to prevent other PTSD tragedies. "I felt like I just had to get out there and do whatever I can to never let this happen again, not to another soldier, another vet, another family," she said. "I just didn't want anybody else to go through what we went through."

Stea joined forces with a group called Meals of Honor. Its mission is to provide free, home-cooked meals to veterans in need. It brings comfort food like pot roast, potatoes, brownies and cookies to veterans who are undergoing treatment for PTSD at the Beacon House in Bay Shore.

By helping her son's comrades, Mary Stea has found the recipe for healing her broken heart. "All I know is I am at my happiest when I'm cooking for them because I feel like I'm cooking for Daniel," she says.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy 1 Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info
Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 2 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women
Matias Ferreira is among 80 recruits that will 3 News 12/Newsday: Suffolk PD to welcome double amputee to force
During a two-week period beginning April 1, authorities 4 Police chief issues stern warning ahead of license plate crackdown
Police say the woman and her 9-year-old son 5 Pit bull attacks mother, child in East Patchogue

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Sgt. York has served as the riderless horse Fallen Heroes: Arlington’s Sgt. York

A horse born on Long Island plays a poignant role in the funeral procession for

On May 31, 2007, Army Specialist Matthew Baylis Fallen Heroes: Army Spc. Matthew Baylis

On May 31, 2007, Army Specialist Matthew Baylis was killed by enemy fire in Baghdad

More American soldiers are losing their lives Invisible wounds of war costing U.S. lives

The Pentagon says that the U.S. military's suicide rate grew at a startling 15 percent

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE