I’ve thought a great deal about this today.
Every year Memorial Day comes around and I remember.
I remember the heat and blood. JP8 and cigar smoke. Laughter and pain. Intensity and boredom. That’s war I suppose.
I remember those who died, who never came back.
Again I post this video of a young, overwhelmed chaplain with great intentions and limited skill.
This year, I want to remember someone else. Actually several someones. Every deployment I’ve been on, the tragedy does not end with the re-deployment. For some, home never really feels like home, life just does not readjust. The pain of losing those so close to them just becomes too much and life overwhelms them. There is so much help and love available to them but the blinders of depression, despair, and anguish blocks their vision.
They cannot see. They cannot know.
They are those who have died by suicide. And they are many.
For me, there are four.
If a veteran, current service member, or family member is going through those dark waters. They are not alone. There is help for them.
Veterans (or family members can call): 800-273-8255 (Veterans Crisis Line – Active Duty/Guard can call as well)
And Military One Source is always available: 800-342-9647
Memorial Day is about all who have suffered and died.