“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” C.S. Lewis
From the invasion of Afghanistan until last summer, the U.S. military had lost 761 soldiers in combat there. But a higher number in the service — 817 — had taken their own lives over the same period. The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army’s highest levels of command have yet to find a solution despite deploying hundreds of mental-health experts and investing millions of dollars. And the elephant in the room in much of the formal discussion of the problem is the burden of repeated tours of combat duty on a soldier’s battered psyche.
“We all hope. It’s what keeps us alive.” – David Mamet
the truth about military suicide is overwhelming to me – these feelings call me to action. i believe that support and encouragement fan the flames of HOPE.
last month – a group of friends and i purchased items for and sent out 6 military care packages. Next month we hope to send 10 packages! i thought about what has given me a lot of hope during the last 2 years – and realized it was THE ORCHARD messages i hear every week. i am excited to include cds – featuring messages from pastor Scott Hodge. Maybe you really can send HOPE via UPS ;o) i am also organizing the monthly mailing of manila envelopes – that include magazines – puzzles books- international phone cards – (and orchard cds.) if you’d like to get involved please let me know :o)
if you are interested in sending care packages / letters on your own – i highly recommend visiting this website for more info: http://www.anysoldier.com
Any Soldier is a organization that is special in one way – they specifically distribute all care packages and letters to soldiers who get little to NO mail !!
“He who has hope has everything.” – Arabian Proverb
i am also excited to join OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS- IL. they greet our soldiers who are returning home from war. they go to the airport with “thank you” signs – expressing support and gratitude – in whats known as a ” homecoming.” they also show respect and sympathy to the families of fallen soldiers by attending their funerals. what an amazing organization! to read about upcoming events or for more info:
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before.” C.S. Lewis