We lost 10 lives this week through a training exercise in Washington state and attacks in Afghanistan. 10 lives. I expected a special news report. I expected people to be talking about it. I expected someone to mention it to me, knowing that my work with Veterans is very important to me. Nothing happened. Nobody called. I saw no special reports. People continued to move in and out of their lives with no mention of the loss while I moved in and out of my life those first few days of the week in mourning. MY child is home safe for a few weeks, but my sorrow for the loss of other people's children continues. It eases the angst of this never ending war to continue my work with Veterans. This week I pray that I made a difference to someone else's child, someone else's husband, someone's mother and father. I taught meditation, I introduced a new Veteran to MBSR, I facilitated a discussion between a soldier and a loved one. We do what we can, with the knowledge that we have, but there's so much more to do.
3/16/2013 04:55:58 pm
It is a shame that we did not hear of 10 more lives lost in this never ending war. I pray for you, your son and all the other sons, daughters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters that some day all that they have given and sacrificed will have been worth it.
3/29/2013 01:17:18 am
Every 65 minutes a military veteran commits suicide according to a new investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2012 there were 349 suicides among active duty personnel, almost one a day.
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I am the mother of a United States Military Service Member who is searching to find peace and meaning in my experience.