BENEFITING: Courage Beyond
"You’ve probably seen the semicolon tattoos floating around the internet but you may or may not have read deeper into the reasons why so many people are having this piece of punctuation placed on their skin.
"A semicolon is used when an author chooses not to end their sentence. Every person is their own author and every sentence is life. The semicolon represents a person who was close to committing suicide choosing not to do so. My husband chose a different tattoo. On June 1st of 2015, a decade after he came home from serving as a combat medic in Iraq and four years after the war officially ended, my husband chose not to go through with a frighteningly detailed plan to end his life. I still cry when I think about it.
"It was a difficult choice for him to decide not to take his own life. Not a lot of people understand, but more than you think do. Every day people roll the dice that life will hurt less. They close pill bottles, they put away side arms, they choose the sometimes harder road, the painful road of believing it will get better. My husband’s choice led to a breakdown that left him hospitalized. He was, and still is, afraid of having to deal with the nightmares and anxiety for the next 40 years.
"It’s been a year - a challenging year of medication and therapy. He rolled the dice and it did get better. A few months ago, he had a pair of dice tattooed on his forearm with the numbers 6 and 1 showing to signify he recognized it had gotten better even though he doesn’t always feel that way. It’s his reminder to keep going. He’s alive today because he took the chance that things would get better; because he reached to me about his plan; because he went to the doctor and continued to go to the doctor even when progress was so slow he couldn’t see it. He kept talking. We all have to keep talking. - caregiver spouse
Every day and average of 22 veterans can't roll the dice on things getting better. They end their lives to end the pain. We need to get to them before it's too late. We want to change 22 to Zero. The war is over in the news, but it's not in the homes of some many who came home changed.
We need your help. We need you to help those battling PTSD and the confusing transition to civilian life choose to take a chance that things will get better. Your donation will help provide services to military families at risk. Children, spouses, parents, and loved ones all walk along side their service member. Our online groups and classes teach the necessary skills to continue the process of healing from war. We help family members become champions for healing and we provide no-cost counseling through our parent organization nationally. One call can get a service member or loved-one started on a road that could save their lives.
We need your help. Just $22. Pass up a couple of cups of coffee this week or eat-in instead of going out for a quick bite. Click the link below to help provide needed services to our military community. Help us change 22 to Zero.