An epidemic occurring in this country has not been mentioned even once in the presidential debates or on any candidate’s tours or speeches.
The epidemic in our country is in regard to our military: 22 veterans are taking their own lives through suicide every day! The Department of Defense has officially named this tragedy an epidemic.
These veterans followed their orders to engage in combat, but when they return home, there are not enough resources to help them reintegrate back into civilian life. Not enough is being done!
My son, Bradley McGhee (USMC), is one of those 22. He was engaged in urban combat during his last tour, which was in Iraq. He came home and struggled miserably to “fit in.” He was diagnosed with severe PTSD by the VA hospital. That said, the VA hospital would not treat him due to a clerical error on his DD-214. Subsequently, he took his own life by hanging. I lost my young son, the dedicated and loving father of two, the brave and heroic Marine and a loving son, due to governmental neglect and a clerical error.
It is a very dark hole these vets find themselves in and they have no idea how to climb out, even though they want to desperately. They carry and fight demons they carry 100 percent of the time. Their lives fall completely apart and they exist in a very painful and miserable existence.
Ultimately, in their minds, the world would be better off without them and they can simply no longer exist in this dark place without any hope.
It is a very serious issue, and yet, not one presidential candidate has felt it worthy of addressing. Our veterans deserve much better. They serve their country, only to have that same country betray them when they return. It’s shameful.
It is up to us to spread the word and contact our legislatures to see that something is done to stop this unnecessary loss.
I encourage you to visit my son’s memorial bench at Rose Lawn Cemetery. I think the reality will be emotionally charged and you will be moved by the unnecessary and staggering numbers impacting our veterans every single day. He is one of the 22 who is no longer with us due to governmental neglect.