Today is one we do not forget in the United States. Our service men and women have been at war for 11 years since the terrorists struck at us on 9/11/2001.
We have lost so many of our service members following the initial terrorist attack during combat and way too many to Suicide. They survive the ravages of war but then the pain comes through … It hurts, they close up, feel isolated and do not seek help or the help is not enough. Their families feel it too… how heart rendering to welcome their loved one home from war and then lose them!
Airman on patrol in Afghanistan – See Photo Credit BelowMilitaryAvenue’s post yesterday on National Suicide Prevention Week included tips on detecting depression and of course, resources to help. I posted it on my personal Facebook page and then it hit me right between the eyes. A Vietnam era veteran, with whom I played Little League baseball, attended the same school and re-connected years later through social media commented on my post.
He said after his service in Vietnam he did not get help for more than 3 decades – yep, 35+ years and he felt like damaged goods. He commented that too many of our service members are in denial that the effects of combat and war impact their lives. Thankful that he finally sought help, even after all those years, and it had been a “game changer”.
Change your game! Think of yourself and those around you that care! Get some help today and see your life change – there is no need to wait a week, a month, a year, a decade or even 35 years! Get it now and make a change while you can make a difference.
PS: Another great blog resource can be found at Defense Centers of Excellence too.
Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Wright, 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance low bay NCO in charge, takes part in a security patrol during his deployment to Afghanistan. Wright was deployed from June 2011 until March 2012. (Courtesy Photo) byColonel KonTuesday, September 11, 2012Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Col K,mental health,Military Health Care,Veterans