Friends, family members and Warfighters alike…
For every veteran killed by enemy combatants, 25 veterans kill themselves. Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes.
Depression is one of those evil inner demons that knows no race, gender, sex or religion and can be grab hold any individual. I know from experience because there was a time in my not so distant past where I too have fell victim to depression and I can say that it is unequivocally crippling and is incredibly difficult to fight back and overcome. Thankfully some of my close Marine brethren, who I consider family now, helped me get back on my feet and helped me find help for myself. It’s important to remember that depression is a REAL medical condition. It is not a “weakness” or something one should be ashamed of. Depression can often lead to suicidal thoughts if untreated and is something which will take you down into a horribly dark place. If anyone you feel, whether it be family member, close friend or fellow service member, is having suicidal thoughts or wanting to end their life: please I beg you, reach out to that person and talk to them. If any one of our followers wants to private message us than do so. Do something. We at the Warfighter Foundation are more than willing to sit down and talk, especially when it comes to another person’s life or livelihood. Please do not be afraid and reach out to someone of you think they need help. Use each other to lean on during the shitty times.
We had each other’s back downrange, that does not change when we come home. We are our brothers keeper. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Never give up, never quit, keep getting back up and get back on the horse.