I am a retired U.S. Marine. I served 24 years and I am now a writer, speaker and storyteller. Perhaps my most important story is available now, and I believe it directly supports the Legion's Be the One initiative.
My book, "22: A Journey to The Edge of Darkness," immerses readers in a unique and transformative tale of reconciliation as I examine the difficult subject of veteran suicide. This thought-provoking story covers themes of post-traumatic stress; survivor’s guilt; mental isolation; and the emotional toll of combat.
More than 120,000 military veterans have committed suicide since the global war on terror began in 2001 - roughly 20 times the number of service-related combat deaths in BOTH Iraq and Afghanistan over a period now into its third decade. This equates to 22 U.S. military veterans taking their own lives every day. Read that again.
This is an average; some estimates double that number. If you or someone you know are struggling with the burdens of your service and are feeling helpless, please reach out to any number of professional counseling organizations or even a friend. Your life matters, and your loved ones and fellow veterans want you to come home.
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