Skip to comments.“Let’s not lose another soldier”… Major General Mark Graham’s ACE suicide prevention program.
Posted on 08/14/2009 5:09:46 PM PDT by Starman417
The comment thread about the loss of one of Flopping Aces' own, Maj. Chris Galloway, has all of us doing some head scratching as to what we can do as individuals. This sense of helplessness, *after* the loss, is simply not acceptable.
Wordsmith did provide some extra insight in his remembrance of Chris with a YouTube link, but I felt that Major General Mark Graham - Commander, Division West and Fort Carson, Colo - and his suicide prevention program needs to be broadened with a grassroots movement.
Below is the ACE card given to military members.. ASK, CARE and ESCORT. It's an action plan when you see one of our warriors in trouble.
Like an omen, I happened to pick up a People Magazine my mother purchased as a fluke while I'm visiting her, and my Dad, in Florida. She wanted to read the cover story of Farrah Fawcett. Ironically, a non-cover story was about Major General Mark Graham, and his mission to prevent suicides of troops, along with his wife, Carol.
Even more ironic, August happens to be the military's Suicide Prevention Month.
The Grahams have lost two sons... Army 2nd Lt. Jeff Graham died in February 2004, saving his platoon from a bomb on a bridge in Khaldiyah, Iraq.
But eight months earlier, they lost another son... ROTC cadet kevin Graham. Suffering from depression, he hung himself in his apartment at the University of Kentucky.
Excerpt from the People article:
Condolence calls and bouquets poured in [after Jeff's death]. They wondered, where were these mourners for Kevin? "Everybody is treating you totally different", says Carol. leaving a funeral home for the second time in eight monthjs, the Grahams made a decision. At a stoplight, Mark Graham said, "The loss of the boys can eithyer be the whole book of our lives, or it can be two tragic chapters." Soon after, they started the Jeff and Kevin Graham Memorial Fund to prevent suicide on college campuses.
Years passed before he would discuss the issue among the ranks. In 2006, a military-family survivirs' group, TAPS, asked him to speak. Losing a loved on in war is a frequent stopic on that circuit, and he expected they wanted to hear about Jeff. instead, for the first time, he was asked to address suicide. it was a turning point: Since then, has has spoken about it often. "I hope it's helped," he says. "To be frank, it's not easy. It's horrendous."
Our warriors are everywhere, and in various status of service. If a nation can be cajoled into spying on their neighbors for anti-Obama statements, I suggest it can even be easier to alert a nation to a warrior in trouble.
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net ...
my brother and i served with MG Graham, he is a great artilleryman, great leader, and an GREAT American!!