Today, I was proud to be a part of the Ellicott School District Veteran’s Day celebration. Speaking and honoring veterans who have served and are serving. I paused after calling the gym full of veterans to “attention” for TAPS, during the moment of silence it hit me how many of our brothers and sisters are not mentioned, who have departed this world, and those who are suffering and unable to attend. Before giving the command “as you were”, I thought about those who are suffering from the invisible wounds of war. There are so many living a life and not realizing their military brothers and sisters are willing and able to stand beside them. Neutral Zone is a place to be with others who have served and who are willing to stand with you, through the good times and the not so good times.
I think of the song “Lean on Me” ….
“Lean on Me, you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on”
Veterans know we how to lean on each other. It is a part of the military culture. The isolation and desperation of veterans breaks my heart. How many suicides could we prevent if we simply reach out to a fellow veteran? If we ask ourselves who is not in the room, distant or lost? What can we do to stop the isolation and pain another veteran feels? Camaraderie and community is a begins to answer that plight.
Veterans helping veterans serving those who served is what Neutral Zone is all about. Be a part of the beginning of something seeking to stop the 20 to 22 a day veterans committing suicide, helping others understand they can live and they can always seek assistance from veterans.
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