Today is not just a day to celebrate the first day of summer with our friends and family.
It is a day to remember the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
Many often think that in order to be one who is remembered today that you must have fallen in battle fighting in a physical war. However, there is a different wars that some soldiers face and that is one that is invisible. They are called mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), depression, anxiety, etc.
Many of these soldiers struggle with a battle that leads them to suicide. We must remember those fallen soldiers as well. A single number has shaped the way that Americans think about young military veterans. It’s the number 22, as in, 22 vets take their lives each day. The number has become a rallying cry for advocates trying to call attention to suicide among vets, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Oct 1, 2015:Google)
If you know someone who is struggling with a mental illness related to serving in our military, now is the time to check on them. There are many organizations set up to help them including Wounded Warriors.
If you someone who you are concerned that they are thinking about taking their own lives, act NOW. Please call or have them call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.