Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Domestic Battlefield

Idaho- Army combat vet Erik Jorgensen, was reported 
missing July 19, 2013, and later found deceased, 
a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The "Unknown Soldier" represents the sacrifice made on behalf of our soldiers, young and old but many return home without the understanding, honor, and care due to them.

We lose 22 active military and veterans per day to suicide, that is nearly one hero per hour. Let us not forget those who gave their lives serving our country but also remember those "unknown soldiers" who are still here, living a daily life and death struggle with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

TBI, PTSD , and C-PTSD are little understood by the general public. These conditions infiltrate daily lives and proceed to devastate ability to work, raise families, have positive relationships, physical health, not mention brain trauma removes the ability to simply enjoy life. Those with various brain traumas are left with fear, loneliness, desperation, and hopelessness. Without aggressive awareness campaigns to educate, we will continue to sacrifice the lives of our soldiers.

Our living troops need to know there is hope and should never feel abandoned on this domestic battlefield. To win this battle we need people to care. ~ Kym L. Pasqualini (Living with C-PTSD)

Unknown Soldier by Ryan Daniel, is a reminder how much our soldiers give. Maybe it is time we give back.