That statistic is unacceptable - Period!
PTSD is real, and must be properly addressed.
How can we let our sons and daughters - nieces and nephews, our grandchildren, our neighbor's kids, the nice boy from church, that sweet girl from the animal shelter - go off to war, return home in one piece, and then be ignored to take their own lives?
It stuns me that this isn't headline news in each and every newspaper - EVERY DAY!
It shocks me that Charlie Rose isn't screaming about this on the morning news!
It saddens me that it's always "someone else's problem".
It is our problem; each and every one of us
I'm sickened by the fact that the Sunday News Shows had a casualty report every week during combat times. Where is the recognition for these brave souls now?
Veteran's Days was last Wednesday. I waited a week to start this campaign. A simple writer's blog where I typically talk about anything but this. Until this week. I want the madness to stop. I want all of our children safe. It's time we put an end to issues like bullying and teen suicide. Time for an end to the "heads in the sand" attitude over PTSD!
It is time we quit ignoring the atrocities occurring right here; whether on American soil or any of our Allies.
Our children are dying, people! Dying at alarming rates! We need to do something...NOW!
PTSD is Real!
If you don't believe me, I feel sorry for you. I've seen it first-hand; felt the pain first-hand; laid awake at night - all night sometimes, worrying about it.
You don't have to agree with the war to love the warriors. I don't love war. More precisely, I wish all war would stop, now! Because our children are the fighters in these battles. Not the President, not Congress, or the Supreme Court. Not any State Legislator, or Governor. Our children; that resource we hold so dear!
Over the next few months, I'll continue posting on this subject. It's not going away - so neither will I!
Share the post with everyone you know. Because everyone you know knows someone in the military. And chances are that military member might just have PTSD.
Let's start saving lives one at a time, or two at a time. Or how about 22 a day?
Yeah, I like that idea.
Until later, pray for peace!
e a lake
(BTW - 22 a day equals almost 8,000 a year. Do I have your attention now?)