Shooting wooden stars
Soldiers have it rough. Most of the time their demons are the kind of dark, deep-seeded that can’t be fixed by a loving family and a steady job. They need help!
On a recent trip to Canada, I heard a startling fact on public radio:
349 American service members committed suicide in 2012 (to put that in perspective, that’s 54 more than were killed in Afghanistan that same year).
I was shocked. disheartened. and ashamed.
The broadcast went on to share the story of a 31-year-old Marine. He’d been in Afghanistan. He’d come home to four children and a wife who loved him.
And a personal hell of what he’d done and seen.
He was depressed. He reached out. He went to the VA. He asked for help. He was told there was a 3-week wait for inpatient care. By the time they were ready for him…
His widow said she’s angry she’s without him, but happy…
He’s. Finally. At. Peace.
I remember the Recruiters walking the halls of my high school. I remember…
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