BENEFITING: PATRIOT OUTREACH INC
Just this past Memorial Day 2010, my dear friend Isaac, killed himself, shooting himself in the head with one of the many guns in his collection, at the young age of 26. According to Army reports, June has been the highest month so far for soldier suicides and they expect that to increase.
Barely 18, Isaac had decided that the military was his best chance of survival from the crises he dealt with every day. Highly intellectual, he always had a very analytical look on life.
Isaac remained in the military for approximately 6 years, serving both the Army and than a private military sector because it paid more. Anyone who believes that private militarization is a good idea, please do your research. He loved serving, and was right in the front line, seeing disasters that we can only imagine and was a highly decorated soldier at a young age. Visualize seeing dead men, women, children, dogs, and livestock scattered about as you walk through a blasted out city, crumbling buildings, and snipers everywhere, and your only protection is a wall of clay brick when an attack starts, which could last for hours, even days. While we sit in our comfy chairs and sleep in our comfy beds, soldiers are lying on dirt and concrete floors.
We think these men are fine when they come home, where they are safe, but they are anything but safe. They are not safe from themselves, their own minds. They have been put back in society, such as a prisoner is, and are expected to function normally after seeing and living in a completely different reality.
We as American citizens, who value our freedom, need to step up and make awareness for all that soldiers returning from warfare are not exactly prepared for society. By ignoring the problems of PTSD and their effects on soldiers, we will have more and more soldiers like Isaac killing themselves, others, or forever living in a mind tortured with pain and suffering.
Patriot Outreach is dedicated to helping individuals such as Isaac. Let's reach out and help support their mission and support their cause. I know that everyone out there has met a soldier whether you knew it or not. Just picture that soldier out in the field fighting for his/her life, so you don't have to.