BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT: Tough Mudder Dallas 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2016
When I reported to United States Coast Guard Station Houston I was greated by what would become a familiar voice. His name was SN Forest Rogers and he would quickly become a trusted Coastie and a true friend. Forest never hesitated to lend a helping hand, often putting himself out to make the lives of those around him easier. But Forest, like a lot of service members, suffered in silence and one cold day he took his own life. Why he chose to do it at the Coast Guard Station still remains a mystery to me but I do know that it drove home the fact that it meant so much to him. To this day I still wish that Forest could have seen the amount of people who wept for him, the concern over those shipmates who cared so much and the impact that both his life and his death had for all those he met.
I chose to run for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because Veterans in the United States are dying of suicide at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 22 veterans a day are taking their own lives. All in all we lose more veterans in one year to suicide than we have lost in any major conflict in decades. It is an epidemic that must be stopped. It is my sincere hope that this will not only bring awareness to the high rate of veteran suicides but encourage service members to reach out if they are in need of help.
If you dont have the money to donate please take just a little time to reach out to those you know who have served and make an effort to ensure that what they are ok. Our Soldiers, Sailors and Marines deserve our continued respect. The battle does not end when they have made it home.