On November 11, we again will have the privilege of celebrating Veterans Day.
Every year this date is special, with “buddy poppies,” telling veterans “thanks for serving,” and splashing otherwise dull cemeteries with color. It is also, unfortunately, a sad reminder that every day, studies tell us, over 22 returned veterans of all ages. ranks and races are killing themselves for reasons unknown, when ONE DEATH would be too many.
This has been going on for a long time now. Although we do not know the cause, the importance of the “human element” has to be stressed, and there are plenty of situations where a caring neighbor or friend was able to stop the distressed vet and help them, before they pulled the trigger or turned on the gas ( I personally know of at least a couple of cases like this).
It is my hope and prayer that next year we will be able to come together to celebrate a big reduction in loss of veteran lives.