Vietnam veteran and author Karl Marlentes said: "When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans or the family. It's just starting." It's interesting how so few words so accurately describe such a huge problem.
An astonishing 22 veterans a day take their own lives. That's 22 men and women who volunteered to join the military, who willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedom and our way of life.
What many of our veterans faced while serving is devastating and unthinkable to those of us in civilian life. Their experiences have a lasting impact on their minds, their bodies and their spirits.
In a lot of cases, the adjustment to civilian life is harder than the battlefield itself. This adjustment often leads them to a dark place that many of us wish we could understand but can't because we haven't lived it.
But we have to make sure our veterans know that we do care and don't want them to feel like they have to walk alone. I invite you to watch a Region 8 News special report "A Call for Help." Thursday night on Region 8 News at 10,
Alison Munn shows you where our veterans can go for help, how the community is pulling together to give our heroes a fighting chance and one veteran who is alive today because of a phone call and a compassionate visit from someone here in Region 8.
We all owe our veterans a debt of gratitude and making sure we are doing what we can to help them makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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