"Beyond the Battlefield" is a 10-part series by David Wood of the Huffington Post exploring the challenges that severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan face after they return home, as well as what those struggles mean for those close to them.
If you read *one* post on this blog, make it this post.
An average of 18 suicides a day. . . 18 a day. . .
Think the war doesn't affect you? Look around. Do you know anyone who serves in the military? Anyone whose son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister serves? Is there a military base or Army Reserve or National Guard Armory in your community? Do they go your church? Do your children sit next to theirs in the classroom? Maybe you shop at the same store or eat in the same restaurant. You could be on the same plane home. Look around.
An average of 18 suicides a day. . . it affects all of us.
Sitting in the doctor's office listening to my husband tell the doctor he is feeling down lately and having suicidal thoughts again brings that number quickly to my head. 18 a day. . . How far is he from being another number in that statistic?
If you've never had to contemplate that and the news is the closest you've been to the war, count your blessings! Hopefully, after reading you will be moved to do a little more to help spread the word and save lives.
One mother says, "I gave him to the Army in the best physical condition of his life, and they gave him back to me in pieces." Oh, how true! My husband doesn't have a mark on him, but he is immesurably broken and struggling to hold it together.
Please, read on.
Beyond The Battlefield: From A Decade Of War, An Endless Struggle For The Severely Wounded
Beyond The Battlefield: With Better Technology And Training, Medics Saving More Lives
Beyond The Battlefield: Lack Of Long-Term Care Can Lead To Tragic Ends For Wounded Veterans
Beyond The Battlefield: Military Turning To Wounded Vets' Families As Key Part Of Healing Process
Beyond the Battlefield: As Wounded Veterans Struggle To Recover, Caregivers Share The Pain
Beyond The Battlefield: New Hope, But A Long And Painful Road, For Veterans Pulled From Death's Grasp
Beyond The Battlefield: Back Home, Severely Wounded Veterans Wish More Would Ask, Not Just Stare
Beyond The Battlefield: Unprepared For Wave Of Severely Wounded, Bureaucracy Still Catching Up
Beyond The Battlefield: As Veterans Fight For Needed Care, Long-Term Funding Remains A Question Mark
Beyond The Battlefield: Saved From The Brink Of Death, Veteran Keeps Chasing His Dreams
Rebuilding Soldiers Transformed by War Injuries
NPR interview with David Wood
"When you think about it, one of the things that we as a country are learning is that people who are wounded in war are wounded forever,"
You can access more articles and features here Beyond the Battlefield.