I am not exactly sure why I am posting this other than I read this article last night and it haunts me. It made me think of Alex and for older members of this forum who remember Wade and his struggles. I have veterans in my family with untreated healthcare issues. Only this past year, the 89yr father of a friend was dx'ed with PTSD from WWII.....WWII!!!....this man and his family have suffered for over 60 years.
Anyway, I digress. The focus of this article is Major Richards and his traumatic brain injury from 2 concussions. He states, for what he has been through he wished he had lost a limb instead. This article also states the profoundly shocking fact that for every soldier lost in war this year, 25 soldiers take their own lives. I was stunned. I just kept thinking, as citizens, what can we do to help them?. It is not news that this country is doing a poor job of caring for it's veterans but the suicide rates were so shocking to me, beyond anything I could have imagined.
I guess I wanted to start a discussion about what we can do....vote for the folks who promise to help our veterans?...write to our legislators and tell them we want more support for veterans?....join volunteer groups that help veterans with healthcare issues? If anyone, vet or otherwise, has any suggestions for what we can do, I would like to hear them. Do any of you have charities you give to or know of charities that are truly helping these veterans? Thanks and for all those who are veterans, thanks for your service to our country.
P.S. Mods...if this is the wrong place for this I apologize...I will move it to wherever you think is a better forum. I just did not know what other forum to go to and still reach my chronic pain forum buddies.