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Soldier suicide prompts White House petition that we all should sign.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/23272942/soldiers-suicide-prompts-kentuckiana-...

This man was one of my best friends in high school. He entered the army hoping to get a good education in diesel mechanics and make some good money while serving his country. What he brought back was scars that couldn't be seen. He never let any of us know what he was dealing with because he didn't want to burden us with his problems.

During his time in service he did clean up on IED explosions. He salvaged what was left of the vehicles and bodies. The things he seen were something no one should ever have to see.

20-30 veterans a day are turning to suicide because they can't get the help they need. They fought for us now it's time to fight for them!

Here is a link to the website to sign the petition. You will have to register to do so but it only takes a minute. There are also other petitions that you may be interested in. And the minute you take to do this may save a life.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create-change-those-suffering-...

Also if you are a Facebook user share this, if you are a member on other forums coppy n paste this post, help spread the word our soldiers and this cause needs all the help it can get. Facebook users can also learn mire about Cody and follow the story by joining the Cody Baker Memorial Page. Thanks!

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PTSD

I've been serving for over 24 years now and command 1,900 people - 40 percent of which are age 26 or younger.

In my opinion, the long term fix to this isn't through military programs -- we have more support programs than ever. Then answer is in families and schools all over the country.

Our children are being raised protected from bullying and name calling, and if someone calls them names, they're not told to blow it off because names don't hurt -- they're told they're being unjustly victimized and receive a barrage of coddling and emotional support.

They're raised in sporting programs that don't keep score, because scorekeeping damages self esteem for losing teams. Instead, everybody's a winner and everyone gets a trophy.

They're taught by teachers who don't correct papers with red pens, because red damages self esteem.

In short, our kids are being raised in an environment that protects them from failure and insulates them from disappointment because our busy society thinks it's doing them a favor by giving them a completely happy, care-free childhood where nothing ever goes wrong. They've never had to dig deep and find the ability within themselves to cope with adversity, and as a result they enter the adult world with unrealistic expectations and without the ability to cope with reality.

Unfortunately, I see the results on an almost daily basis -- young people who want their trophies, and can't figure out why they're not getting them. It's not just PTSD...it's suicide attempts because of a mistakes that led to administrative action. It's failed relationships, depression, substance abuse and social isolation. Our military is devoting a tremendous amount of resources on support programs and programs to teach resiliency to people who never learned resiliency when they were young and able to heal quickly. The best resiliency program in the world is letting a child experience failure or disappointment occasionally when they're supported by a loving family and able to recover quickly. Teach them perspective and the ability to dig deep and find strength within themselves, and they'll be better able to endure the world's onslaughts. I'm not saying that will completely cure exposure to the horrors of war, but the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of problems are stemming from far less.

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Agree

expatriate wrote:
I've been serving for over 24 years now and command 1,900 people - 40 percent of which are age 26 or younger.

In my opinion, the long term fix to this isn't through military programs -- we have more support programs than ever. Then answer is in families and schools all over the country.

Our children are being raised protected from bullying and name calling, and if someone calls them names, they're not told to blow it off because names don't hurt -- they're told they're being unjustly victimized and receive a barrage of coddling and emotional support.

They're raised in sporting programs that don't keep score, because scorekeeping damages self esteem for losing teams. Instead, everybody's a winner and everyone gets a trophy.

They're taught by teachers who don't correct papers with red pens, because red damages self esteem.

In short, our kids are being raised in an environment that protects them from failure and insulates them from disappointment because our busy society thinks it's doing them a favor by giving them a completely happy, care-free childhood where nothing ever goes wrong. They've never had to dig deep and find the ability within themselves to cope with adversity, and as a result they enter the adult world with unrealistic expectations and without the ability to cope with reality.

Unfortunately, I see the results on an almost daily basis -- young people who want their trophies, and can't figure out why they're not getting them. It's not just PTSD...it's suicide attempts because of a mistakes that led to administrative action. It's failed relationships, depression, substance abuse and social isolation. Our military is devoting a tremendous amount of resources on support programs and programs to teach resiliency to people who never learned resiliency when they were young and able to heal quickly. The best resiliency program in the world is letting a child experience failure or disappointment occasionally when they're supported by a loving family and able to recover quickly. Teach them perspective and the ability to dig deep and find strength within themselves, and they'll be better able to endure the world's onslaughts. I'm not saying that will completely cure exposure to the horrors of war, but the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of problems are stemming from far less.

Well said!

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I agree with you and after 31

I agree with you and after 31 years in the Army as a Military Policemen I have seen this situation get more and more out of hand. I think a little old fashion tough love is better than all these programs combined and teaches young men and woman to be adults not victims. Our society is more to blame than the military as they promote the woe is me mentality.

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