POWER OF NOW: Words of Wisdom From Thich Nhat Hanh

    “ Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. ”

… Thich Nhat Hanh

THE BIG LIE: Why 22 Veteran Suicides a Day is False

by TMSR
Sept. 30, 2014

We read the propaganda about veterans suicides in America nearly every day, and reports always mention “22 suicides a day.”

This statistic is not accurate … it is a well-crafted lie to the American citizenry.

When VA collected data on veterans suicide in America, they neglected to include many states, California and Texas chief among them.

The VA public relations department in coordination with their statisticians, low-balled this often-quoted suicide stat, at a time when it had clear evidence showing that the number likely is closer to 50-a-day … when one includes death by toxic drug overdose (pharmaceuticals and alcohol) and high-speed personal vehicle crashes (motorcycles included) that are more likely than not, suicides.

Yet still, Americans only hear the “22” stat, and now are numb to the issue more or less. The shock of even 22 has long since evaporated in the minds of American citizens.

Since 9/11, in excess of 100,000 American veterans have died from suicide, according to data from both the VA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to CDC, 20 percent of all suicides in America are veterans.

It is sad, no major newspaper, television station, or other news source will utter the words “100,000 veterans have died from suicide since 9/11.”

Perhaps, they are prohibited from doing so?

I hope anyone reading TMSR will help inform your friends, family, neighbors and associates by sending out a link from this blog to as many persons you can, to help educate and inform the citizenry to the reality of the veterans suicide epidemic in America. Certainly, the media cannot be depended on to do so. This is clear.

Thank you for reading this blog, but please take a few moments to join the grassroots effort to sound the alarm about veterans suicide, and send out TMSR’s web link via emails, social media or any other electronic communication tool you use.

Until America knows about the true extent of suicides in her veterans population, the senseless deaths will continue along with national apathy about the issue.

Please please please … join the fight to get the word out.

By doing so, you are certain to save a few lives along the way.

Thank you.

MARINE’S DAD: “I Came Home From Work and Found Jeff Hanging From a Beam.”

VOICES: Jeff Lucey’s Parents Recount Their Son’s Suicide After War in Iraq

Nightmares and Darkness Follow Marine Home From Iraq War

by NPR

September 13, 2014

Click here to listen to Jeff Lucey’s parents tell the story of their son’s struggles and suicide after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during war in Iraq.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/13/347998612/nightmares-and-darkness-follow-marine-home-from-iraq-war

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