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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, was featured in an interview two weeks ago that expresses the great need for healing efforts for wounded combat veterans and their families.

Admiral Mullen shared from his heart about the depth of this problem and its effect on families and the shocking suicide rates that are coming about as a side effect of our nation being in a state of continual war.

“If I’m a 5-year-old boy or girl in the family of one of these deploying units for the army whose average deployment was 12 months at a time, and my dad or mom – but mostly my dad – has deployed at this pace, I’m now fifteen or sixteen years old, and my dad has been gone three, four or five times. And my whole conscious life, from the time when I was five and I started to figure out that there was something out there, my whole conscious life has been at war. The United States has never, never experienced that before. And we see incredible stresses on families.

Now we are coming home. By no means are we home.  We still have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan. And I believe we’re going to see a couple decades of challenges associated with the stresses we’ve not been dealing with and the issues we’ve been packing away. Indicative of that is the incredible suicide rate we have on the active side, which is even despite all the efforts of leadership to contain it, is in the army this year higher now than it was a year ago. And another statistic that hasn’t gotten much traction is that we’ve got 18 vets a day who are killing themselves in the United States.”

This is why we are doing what we do here at Wounded Warriors – Sons & Daughters of America. 

Everyone in our nation has been impacted by the war on terror. Everyone knows someone who has served in combat. Everyone knows families who’ve been impacted by the traumas of this war. Everyone knows that these men and women return with emotional wounds, having survived near misses and experiences that many of us would not be able to handle.

We have no idea what the daily grind is like for our combat soldiers unless we've been there with boots on the sand.

These are real problems. The statistics on PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) differ according to the agency reporting on them and their bias. These differing statistics, however, do not erase the fact that these problems exist and they are not going away without people willing to sacrifice their time and energy to come alongside those affected.

It’s time to be proactive. So many of us need to get involved. Our vision for what we want to do is geared toward a very simple mission: We want to offer wounded warrior’s and their families what they need for physical, emotional, spiritual, and social healing. Bottom Line: This is all about saving lives.

Our servicemen and women served honorably laying their lives on the line, now we come alongside to fight for their lives and the lives of their family.

If a soldier returns with PTSD and emotional issues that keep them from functioning in society, they need the chance to receive the therapies that will offer them new life. The suicide rates for those returning from combat are growing at an alarming rate. Click here to read a recent NY Times article on this subject Without hope, many are choosing to end their lives at the full bloom of their youth. There has got to be a better way.

Here is our line in the sand: “Will we all do whatever it takes to attempt to save these precious lives?” Even if it’s just one life that’s saved, one family that’s affected, we will have been successful. All the effort. All the planning. All the tears. This is nothing compared to the blood, sweat, and tears poured out by our servicemen as they served in the sand.

As we continue with our mission, be sure to check back and read the stories of those who’ve been rescued… and pray. Consider how you can become involved. Every bit helps. You, too, can save a life.