Happy Veterans Day and thank you to our veterans for your service! As a military/law enforcement veteran owned small business, we know first hand the sacrifice and struggles our heroes and their families face. *
We are launching a "Helping our Heroes" campaign to help spread some holiday cheer. We are going to donate our lighting services to one deserving family in the Treasure Valley, but WE NEED YOUR HELP. *
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I left a good part of me in Iraq after my first tour in Iraq in 2003 as a Scout/Sniper Team Leader. After my second tour in 2004, I left even more. Or instead, did Iraq leave a piece of itself in me each time?
For over 10 years now, I have struggled to make peace with the things I saw and did in combat. My struggle has left me determined to dedicate my life to showing Americans how the skills and experiences of combat veterans translate into success and love for anyone who wants to embrace them.
Unfortunately, this dedication and these skills and experiences haven’t been accepted, appreciated, or respected by the one’s I’ve loved. Counter to that, the one’s I’ve loved have come to resent me because of them. Why don’t I give up tilting at windmills and get a 9-5 job at Goldman Sachs or Wal-Mart or with the state?
My wife tells me on a consistent basis that I am a failure and need mental help because I still embrace the things I did and learned in the Marines and want to help others instead of worrying about keeping a regular job and paying for drinks, dinners, and vacations. I failed with my first attempt at running a business to help veterans and have struggled to make a second go at it paying the bills. She tells me I have PTSD for wanting to integrate weapons and survival skills sets into my training.
In addition, she chose to sleep with other men throughout our relationship and blamed me for doing so because I was gone for military training and put her in financial peril because of my business.
My wife telling me I am a mentally ill failure and blaming me for her sleeping with other men, coupled with my failure to make my purpose in life financially viable, has led me to believe that my only option at this point is to end my life.
So why haven’t I chosen that option? While most people in my life have chosen to add their voice of judgement to my wife’s, a select few combat veterans have chosen to embrace the “Semper Fi” and “no man left behind” ethos inherent in the Marines and other service branches. They show me I am not alone. They give me hope. Others in the community do likewise.
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As Veterans day will be upon us in a few weeks, I thought this was an incredibly powerful message to share. For many of us, it may be hard to know what so many of our Veterans battle with once home. We may have seen the statistic #22 and find it hard to comprehend or hear about #ptsd but likely may not fully know how that effects someone. But what we can do, is take a moment to allow the message of this picture to soak in...we can pause before judging someone's actions...we can thank a stranger for their service. We can raise awareness, money and empathy. #veteransday#22nomore
“22 A DAY” Its a little lengthy but Please take the time to read this! I had talked myself out of goin to the river. Only an hour of daylight and I didn’t have a fishin partner. Then I realized, all I need is my fishin rod and a lure. For me, Its not a team sport, its not timed, its not called catchin, its FISHIN! Simple as that. The best therapy a guy/gal could ever get. The best way to, not forget, but just let go of whatevers goin on in your life that drags you down, if only for an hour, And if you’ve got a fishin partner its a great way to make some amazing memories with ppl you love. Like a song my Dad wrote, I call that 500 yard stretch of the Mighty Broad River my “Slice of Heaven.” I might catch none, one or one hundred even; but it’s the time away, the time to sit back and unwind, the time to remind myself there is so much more on this amazing rock I call Planet Earth (fish, frog, or flower) than just this mighty ole Marine. So i invite you, challenge you, I beg you even, every single one of you that sees my posts. If you’ve got something in your life that you just can’t seem to shake off; feel like you just need to escape if only for a hour; If you think the weight of the world is to heavy to hold up alone; if the demons that haunt you have pushed you to the edge and they’re to tough to tame; or most important, if you read nothing else please read this, If you are thinking about TAKING YOUR OWN LIFE, like 22 of my brothers/sisters in arms do everyday; PLEASE contact me and we will go to my “Slice of Heaven” and get you thru anything you need help with. When i tell you Ive been there, I have; Ive won and lost, I have; Ive battled additions (still do every day), I have; Ive had the thought cross my mind to think it would be easier to just not be here anymore, I have. Ive been at the top and I’ve hit rock bottom as hard as you can hit. But my friends, family and Veterans that battle everyday like I do got me thru It so Im still here to cast another day! You don’t have to be a Vet for me to try and help, just please let me try be4 you give up. It only takes 1 cast to change a life, Let me help change yours. #22ADay#22NoMore#1IsToMany#SuicideAwareness
Mental Health is crucial this time of year for most people, especially veterans. Those that are in the military still, experience time away from family while holidays come and go. That "family tradition" time can't be brought back. Those that have transitioned out if the military get to thinking of those that they've lost, or times that they've felt lost themselves. It's colder, darker out and it effects the mood and the mind. Reach out to those that you know care and support you. If you don't have anyone, reach out to me or those tagged here. No one left behind! All for one and one for all!
"I think that people don’t understand that despite being told that you’re not alone you still have that feeling of loneliness. Every veteran feels alone, feels like it’s just them, like they’re singled out in the world because we’re trained to disconnect. So, we have to reform that connection with people before they can start to understand why it is we’re so secluded. I would tell them training is over. Serving is over. You’re not alone. The Cohen Clinic is here for you. Say you need help, and they will provide you with help."⠀
More info about the Cohen Clinic: www.pennmedicine.org/veterans ⠀