I've had Peggy for a couple years and I hadn't received a call from her for a few months. When she called me Friday we talked as usual. Then I said to her that it felt like she was gone for awhile. She said yes - she had been out on personal leave - for a death in her family. So being Chatty I told her I was sorry and that I knew it must be hard. Then she told me it was her son.
He was 31 years old. Had just got done with his tour of duty. He had been home only a couple of months.
We talked more and she told me some things I didn't know and wanted to share them with you.
Her son committed suicide. He suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. You can suffer from PTSD from other issues too. The odd thing was I just finished a book on PTSD. I'm taking notes on PTSD and will put the information on my side page.
She was in touch with a man named Ron Zuleski. He leads a program called - The Long Walk Home. He was coming to Georgia and was going to talk at her church. Please check this site out - extremely interesting.
"As of June 1, 2010, RON IS WALKING BAREFOOT ACROSS AMERICA, wearing his sign saying 18 VETS A DAY COMMIT SUICIDE; he is willing to do whatever it takes to raise awareness about this epidemic, to get your help for veterans’ well-being, and to tell our elected officials what we want done about it."
That was June 1, 2010 - Peggy told me the number today is 27. 27 vets a day commit suicide. Can you believe that? That is more then the number of men and women going into the armed services per day.
Why do I bring this up on Sunday? Because we need to pray for these gals and guys. I prayed for them when they left for their tour. I prayed while they are on their tour. And I am thankful for them! But pray for them after they got home - is something I didn't think about. I thought they would be happy to come home. But they have all this stress they carry home with them - just like our guys did from Viet Nam War and I imagine all other wars as well.
So I'm going to start praying for them when they get home as well. Please join me.
"We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together." ~ Gerald R. Ford
Together is the key word here.