When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

September 13, 2011 ~ You may think that military suicide has not affected you personally, but if the truth be told, we are all going to be affected by this epidemic if we don’t do something about it.

Thousands of returning combat veterans are living in our hometowns.  They work in our businesses.  They attend our churches.  They shop in our stores and many inhabit our city’s homeless shelters. They are a part of us, and rightfully so.  Look at what they have given on our behalf.

We can’t simply look the other way, and act as if we don’t see the elephant in the room. The more we look away, the more insignificant our veterans feel.  I know it’s hard to step up and get involved, but do it anyway.  Think of the courage it took for these men and women to go into harm’s way for all of us.  We owe them the same. Rather you know it or not, we were made to be courageous. Each of us can take a stand, lead the way, and do the right thing for our veterans.

Learn to recognize the warning signs for suicide.  If you have a loved one or a friend who has been to war, let them know you are there for them.  Listen to what they are saying, and listen to what they are not saying.  Be there and be willing to advocate for this warrior who risked his life for you.

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If each one of us can reach just one struggling veteran, then each one of us can save a life.

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Originally published by the author for use by Military Missions and Voice of Warriors.

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