I’ve often mentioned my support for service persons with the caveat that I have never supported each and every deployment.
I do believe we need a strong military as well as reduction of deployment by either political party in power when it seems the actual cause is either political or merely to gain financial advantage of some sort… which frankly, I think we’ve been doing for most of the history of the U.S..
In JPUSA’s work with the poor and homeless of Chicago via Cornerstone Community Outreach it becomes obvious that many returning vets end up in the street, deal with mental illness, addictions and loss of family and hope itself. It is essential we give more than lip service support to these who have laid their lives on the line for us. To survive the hell of combat only to end one’s life after re-entry to civilian mode is sad, horrid and something we should care about.
Applause, cakes, parades and medals don’t get it done.
At present this country averages 22 military-related suicides each day. Twenty-two! That there is even one such act per day is horrible.
I have a close friend who recently lost a loved one to suicide. I sensed the pain and suffering not only of the individual but of loved ones left behind.
While the U.S. Veteran’s Department does a good work, it is under-funded and under-staffed.
I ask you to consider supporting the work of the former soldiers who have decided to bring this matter to light to make a positive difference. Please click on the following link and prayerfully consider what you might do to help.
Thanks for stopping by, -Glenn