August 13, 2020
According to the Department of Defense, there has been an average of at least 500 members of the Active Duty and Reserve members of the National Guard and Reserves since 2012.
As bad as that is, when you consider that they have been trained in Suicide Prevention, you feel the sense of dread for not just them, but for everyone.
These men and women valued life so much, they were willing to sacrifice everything, including their own lives, to save others, yet when they needed to save themselves, they did not find the support or help to do it.
I would love to have a long talk with their leaders, considering PTSD was researched since Vietnam veterans came home, and we've known exactly how to do it, but they will not listen to anyone who can change the outcome in a positive way.
What does that say to the rest of the over 8 million Americans with PTSD? How are we supposed to take what they say seriously when the outcome has been this devastating and prolonged for this long?
What makes it worse is that there are thousands of groups out there claiming to be about addressing the problem of suicides in the military and the veterans' community, and more join them but as their finances go up, so does the death count.
If you are in the military, or a veteran, or anyone else who thinks you no longer have a reason to live, consider the message this video gives and decide to heal and live for love.
Until we manage to get this message across to them, there isn't much hope the rest of us will hear it!
#BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife from #PTSD
Coming home after combat should not be more dangerous but it is. Too many veterans committed suicide today. Be alive today to heal tomorrow. You served because you loved this country and those you served with. Live for love now! UPDATE This was uploaded on 1-2-2012, long before the reports became headline news. The number back then was 18 a day. Goes to show how little has changed and how all the talk about "raising awareness" has been a lot of stunts and very little progress.