Talk to any military family member, and they will tell you…Life in a home during deployment can be trying. Ask the service members themselves…And they will tell you how hard it is to be away from home.
I am going to lay some numbers on you, here…And they will (and should) make you uncomfortable…Because they express that we are not doing a good job of providing our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women with the care they need upon return.
THEY got the job done that we asked them to do…And WE are failing them. Listen…
Did you know?
2.6 Million Americans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, many with multiple combat tours
27%of men have experienced military sexual trauma and 60%of women have experienced military sexual trauma
20% of Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered Post Traumatic Stress or Major Depression
22 Soldiers per day take their own lives, that is roughly 1 per hour
50% of the partners of Veterans with untreated Post Traumatic Stress indicated they were on they were, “on the verge of a nervous breakdown”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Veterans and their families are at risk of develping secondary Post Traumatic Stress and Children of these families are exposed to stress levels considered toxic
Now…I want to back the hell up, and repeat one of those points: TWENTY TWO SOLDIERS PER DAY TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES. Tice tells me that is ONLY soldiers who literally commit suicide…It does NOT count the service members who die from overdoses, or the accidents…Or the ones who die while engaging in dangerous behavior the ends with their death. Driving too fast, getting in physical altercations, engaging in other dangerous behavior.
We, the American PEOPLE, are failing our vets, every day. Not because we are spending money on immigrants, or the homeless…But because we simply won’t hold ourselves, and our elected representatives, or even the command structure in our military accountable for it.
We. Owe. Them.
Tice and Samantha Ridley are doing the work, every day, to insure that the debt gets paid. They have opened a facility in Lacoochee that offers counseling, retreats, and healing to veterans, first responders, and their families…In fact, they even extend services to FORMER family members…Widows and widowers, divorced spouses, and estranged families…Because the damage occurs systemically, not just to the service member.
We want you to support them in that work. Please listen to today’s podcast, then ask yourself if you can make a donation to help THEM help OUR veterans, and their families. You can make donations, and you can support their fundraising events. There will be one later in the year, here in West Pasco County, and THIS weekend, you can help buy attending their fundraiser in Tampa…Here is the information flyer. Click on the flyer to get to the ticket purchase website!
Here is the link to the Circle of Veterans Website…You can see pictures of the ranch, and find out more about the programs they offer…Who gets helped, and how YOU can help them!
Please support the work of these fine folks!