This is a post from last year about how much we owe to our military veterans. We love and honor you all for your selfless service.
TO OUR HONORED VETERANS… THANK YOU!!!
Thank You For Our Lives, Our Country, Our Investments, Our Family, and All You Do and Have Done To Protect Us.
“A country that forgets it's defenders will be forgotten.”
With a disturbing and unacceptable 22 Service members committing suicide on average EVERY DAY, it is time for drastic actions. http://www.mission22.com/
We in Iowa would like to thank Senator Jeff Danielson, and the Iowa legislature for passing SF2233 Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act last year to ensure some parental rights protection's during deployment. EVERY STEP HELPS!
- 70% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return home to divorce.
- Within five years of their return it, 90% of the rest will be involved in divorce proceedings.
- 1.5% of servicemembers get fair treatment in the family court. (male or female)
Most will struggle to maintain or obtain employment. They will be alienated from their children, forced into a life of poverty, driven to a life of crime, and forgotten.
This is how we treat our defenders/protectors?
As of December 2008, seven years of war and Iraq and Afghanistan, we had 5866 service members due to casualties of war.
Service member suicide rates of members returning home….. 6256 in the year 2005 alone!!
LOVE & WAR
War is ugly! War is hard! War has no winners – It is the worst aspect of human existence.
I cannot even begin to imagine the atrocities our soldiers must face and engage in to survive and conquer in battles they face during war. Even the least ugly battles make me understand the need for America to have the necessary and proper support systems for our soldiers once they return home.
There are many reasons we lose these great men and women who protect our way of life. The least acceptable and most preventable deaths are by the hand of suicide. What is needed when our most patriotic men and women return home are the proper support systems that are based on compassion, understanding, and love.
“Analysis of military suicides in 2011 found that service members who were divorced had a 55 percent higher rate of suicide than those who were married.”
Love is by far a greater killer than war ever will be! Love is the creator of war. Love is the warmth that we embrace with each comforting moment, but love is killing our service members much faster than war. According to the Coalition to End Veteran Suicide, over 8,300 vets have committed suicide since the beginning of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LOVE, NOT WAR!
How is this possible?
What about love would drive people to end their lives and feel that there is no hope left?
What can we do to change things?
Part of the answer is a broken, corrupt, and profitable Family Law judicial system that is designed unintentionally to tear families apart. It is backed by attorneys, judges, legislators, and government institutions that cultivate conflict in families inevitably causing the alienation of our parental veterans.
Children and parents are being robbed of their lives together! Every day our veterans are being stripped of their roots and their sense of belonging, or recognition of the “self.” Communities are being stripped of the sense of togetherness by individuals who have lost themselves.
We are to blame for helping to make this situation worse. Our own ignorance of the situation has allowed this ugly institution to become stronger and more effective by focusing on issues that are more comfortable to talk about and analyze while the suicide issue has dropped by the wayside and suicide rates have steadily increased.
If the staggering rate in which we are losing our service members due to suicide, and the connection related with the current divorce, DHS/CPS, and current family law practices does not alarm you, think about your friends, neighbors, children, or yourself. Those who have been through a divorce and the many hurdles and unnecessary obstacles faced – all with the misrepresented notion of being “in the best interest of the children.”
IT'S NOT TOO LATE! WE CAN CHANGE! WE CAN KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER! WE SHOULD DEMAND MORE OF OUR LEGISLATORS! WE CAN UNITE! WE CAN STOP THIS ATROCITY! OUR COMPASSION IS THE SOLUTION!
REACH OUT! Never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help. Each and every one of us in this country owes you everything!
When in need, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)