Widow of fallen Blue Angel works with suicide prevention foundation

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After losing her husband Captain Jeff Kuss when his jet crashed just a day before the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, his widow has began working with the Blue Angels suicide prevention foundation to help ease her grief.

Christina Kuss, along with former Blue Angel and head of the Blue Angels Foundation Mike Campbell, are working with the 22 for 22 campaign, doing 22 push-ups and encouraging donations of $22.

“We understand there’s an average of 22 wounded veterans taking their lives on average every day,” Campbell said. “There are approximately 6,200 men and women killed in action since 9/11, and we’re losing 8,000 to suicide every year right here at home.”

Kuss and Campbell even got News 2 anchor Samantha Fisher to join them for 22 push-ups.

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“The more we can make everybody in America aware that this is such a problem the quicker we can resolve it,” said Campbell.

“The foundation is doing some incredible work, really tangible work, and if people want to do something that’s really near and dear to my heart, this is… it’s a great one,” Kuss said.

It’s something, she says, her husband would have done, and it’s a way to honor him.

“He was always my inspiration. That’s why I fell in love with Jeff. Just one of those that’s magnetic, and you’re like, ‘Wow. You make me want to do better,’” Christina told News 2.

Learn how you can help and find more information at BlueAngelsFoundation.org. To donate, you can text “give22” to 850-517-1280.

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