Bryan Bowman, a veteran in Ohio, posted some pictures on our Facebook the other day. We shared them. They were scary. But true. He made 22 tombstones and put them in his yard to help raise awareness of the epidemic numbers of Veterans and Soldiers who are taking their lives EVERY DAY in our country. Yes, the number is 22+ veterans. And 1 Active-Duty Soldier. Every day. That’s nearly one death per hour. How is it even possible that people aren’t raging mad about this?
The story got picked up by ABC. National coverage. People remarked that they were in awe over the numbers. Some didn’t believe it.
We spend all our time trying to educate the American public about this tragedy.
We’re even having a NATIONWIDE film event on Veterans Day to show a film that will get people talking about PTSD and suicide. You can buy tickets here and find your city or just help make the events happen by buying up tickets to any event and donating them.
It’s really sad to us at SSS that the people who are doing the educating and talking are mostly Veterans and Soldiers and their families…. when will it be a civilian who starts shouting about it? We all talked the other day about how we have NFL players wearing pink wristbands for breast cancer but we couldn’t get our PSA played by the Washington Nationals Baseball org at a game because of the subject matter?! Huh?
Is the author here angry? Yes, she is. I guess we need a celebrity to lead it off. Maybe that’d change things and people would latch on. Anybody got one we could borrow?