In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Staff Sergeant Michelle Young, a devoted mother, dedicated soldier, and beloved fitness influencer, left us all in shock as she tragically lost her life to suicide in recent days. Michelle, aged 34, leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter, Gracie, who was her entire world.

Michelle Young was more than just a soldier; she was an inspiration to many. With her vibrant presence on Instagram, she not only flaunted her fitness prowess but also championed the cause of veterans’ mental health and worked tirelessly to combat homelessness among those who had bravely served our nation.

A resilient warrior, Michelle had served in the US Army for an impressive 16 years, her journey beginning at the tender age of 18. She selflessly completed two tours in Afghanistan, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to her country. Yet, behind the scenes, she carried a heavy burden that ultimately led to this devastating outcome.

Just days before her tragic passing, Michelle shared a heartwarming birthday message on her Instagram, celebrating her daughter Gracie’s special day. Her words, “The best part about my life is being your momma,” now echo in our hearts, a poignant reminder of the love she held for her cherished daughter.

Michelle and Gracie’s bond was inseparable, a testament to the beautiful mother-daughter relationship that radiated through countless photos on social media. Their Halloween costumes, dressing up as Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, were not just costumes but a symbol of the love and unity they shared.

Michelle’s Instagram account, with over 100,000 followers, showcased not only her incredible fashion sense but also her deep commitment to advocating for better mental health support for veterans. Her collaboration with a female veterans-focused athletic attire company served as a beacon of hope for many, offering not only stylish attire but also a message of resilience and recovery.

Additionally, Michelle devoted her time to volunteering at her local shelter as a crisis trauma response volunteer, further demonstrating her dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.

In September, she courageously shared her personal story during Suicide Prevention Week, recounting the loss of her older brother to suicide when she was just 14 years old. Her message urged anyone in distress to reach out and seek help, emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness.

However, even with her incredible strength and determination, we may never fully understand the demons Michelle battled in silence. As her friend Sarah Maine expressed, “From the outside looking in it looked like she had it all. Mental illness is so prevalent, especially in the military. We need to find a way to do better.”

In the wake of this tragedy, friends and well-wishers have rallied together, raising nearly $25,000 on Michelle’s GoFundMe page. These funds will directly support her beloved daughter, Gracie, as she faces the unimaginable loss of her mother.

As we remember Staff Sergeant Michelle Young, let us not only mourn the loss of a soldier and fitness icon but also honor her memory by continuing to raise awareness about mental health within the military and supporting those in need. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please don’t hesitate to dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or visit

In the memory of Michelle Young, may we find the strength to be there for one another and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.