You are not alone….

Sitting on the bunker on Naha, and the kid, named Wayne told me his dreams and fears… as they waited to ship out to Vietnam….

Randy the tunnel rat, would get animated talking about entering the tunnel first…knowing any time could be his last… his eyes vacant, voice excited….

John… wanted so much out of life, he asked me to marry him as he was leaving for Vietnam…

Each of these guys were dealing with depression… young, knowing tomorrow could be the last tomorrow… fighting a war they didn’t volunteer for…

I didn’t serve during war time… my short stint was during one of our few periods of peace… and so many of my patients were dealing with depression, because of a war, not of their making…

Some would talk… and talking was a step towards healing… most of the time, it was silence… to painful to remember what they saw and did….

Last year we lost 325 veterans to suicide… voices that screamed for help, but none came….

Help is there, call the suicide prevention hot line for your area… talk… someone will hear you… someone does care….

I remember… Margie….

Sgt. USAF DAV