Skip to comments.Healing the ‘Invisible Wound’
Posted on 03/28/2014 8:31:49 PM PDT by SkyPilot
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dar Place was two feet away when his friend and fellow soldier took his own life during the Gulf War. Two decades later, like so many other veterans, Place is still haunted by the plague of suicide in the military.
I personally saw my driver after Desert Storm in his tank put a gun underneath his mouth and pull the trigger, while I was no further away from him than I am from you right now, Place told the Washington Free Beacon at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He was one of the dozens of activists with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) who planted thousands of flags to honor veterans who had killed themselves.
By noon, 1,892 American flags graced the Mall, representing the number of veterans who have taken their life this year alone since January 1stan average of 22 per day.
Former soldiers and survivors gathered to raise awareness about the epidemic, and lobby Capitol Hill to pass a bill addressing gaps in mental health.
The message of the campaign is Weve Got Your Back, and for Place, serving in the Army is a family business.
My son is still in active duty, hes been an infantryman, he said. I was in the 101st Airborne Division, he was in the 82nd Airborne Division, and just like his old man was when I was a young enlisted man, he kind of followed in my footsteps.
I served in the 82nd in Desert Storm, Place said. So twice, I was on the initial invasion into Iraq, and then later on he came in to Iraq as I was coming out. And then he went on to the 82nd Airborne, and he went into Afghanistan...
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Purge the military and shit on the vets.
the rage is coming I best post no further here
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Good night Chesty, where ever you are.
This is tragic.
And it makes me worry about those currently serving. With zero’s decimation of our military through decreasing funding and social engineering, it will only get worse.
Something is wrong in the suicides, but it isn’t necessarily what we’d think. It bespeaks a wrong attitude towards God. God never asked for anybody’s suicide. But because of original sin, the devil has a foothold in people’s hearts and in some cases he can exert leverage to this end.
We don’t need better military programs. We need evangelists.
There is something mentioned in the article that is then not explored.
The article said that suicides started spiking in 2009.
That’s when the rules of engagement changed.
That’s when the politicians announced big cuts to the military.
That’s when morale plummeted.
That’s when casualties spiked.
That’s when the mission went to hell.
That’s when the new CIC took over.
I was there....
Today in the U-T San Diego:
Marine battled back, yet fell to suicide
Infantryman who lost legs in combat seemed to be triumphing, but invisible wounds proved fatal
He rarely spoke of it. Not to his family or best buddies, fellow Marines or medical staff watching over him.
But Cpl. Farrell Gilliam had endured far more by the time he died this year at age 25 than most people could comprehend.
The Camp Pendleton infantryman survived three months of combat in 2010 with the Darkhorse 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Sangin, Afghanistan one of the deadliest battlegrounds of the war.
Psychologically, he was suffering from invisible wounds he hid behind smiles and upbeat banter.
Or so his family discovered on Jan. 9, when Gilliam committed suicide...
Gilliam finally succumbed to his battle wounds, said Sgt. James Finney, his former squad leader in Afghanistan. It doesnt matter who pulled the trigger to him Gilliam was killed in action just like the other 25 from their battalion.
It was an 8,000-mile sniper shot, said Finney, 27, now an infantry instructor. His passing was directly due to a situation because of his wounds received in Afghanistan. I dont care what anyone else thinks.
Last year, 45 Marines committed suicide and 234 tried to. It was by far the highest number of suicide attempts for the service since at least 2003.
Among veterans of all the armed forces, at least 22 commit suicide daily, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Rest in peace, son of ours.