There is an oft quoted figure that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide.... In the past 8 months I have lost two friends I served with to inner demons and today I was afraid another might have joined them.
"K" as I will call this person is medically retired and suffers from chronic pain in thier back. "K" was assaulted and had several vertabrae cracked and other injuries and now has several health issues, as well as mental trauma from the assault.
Today on Social media they made the ominous post : "Fuck life,,,, bye".
"K" is not the kind of person to say such things lightly, so of course people were concerned. Within minutes fellow veterans were trying to contact " K" and a few drove to "K"s house and called 9-11 to have the police do a welfare check.
"K" ended up being safe and sound,,,, but it was amazing the outpouring of concern and oureach they went out to make sure things were OK.
There are lots of caring people out there. I'm proud to be a part of a community that looks after each other in a time of need.