A Different Person
Recently, an elderly woman revealed how in 1940 she had met her husband on a blind date. He would become an optometrist and she would become a beautiful stage actress.
Then came the war. He went off to boot camp. She took a job at a defense plant to make ball bearings for planes.
Undaunted, the couple “tied the knot.” He then went on a four–year deployment in Europe.
That’s where the fairytale ends. “When he came back, he was a different person,” she said.
In the 40s, Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was decades away from becoming a household term. Nonetheless, it was real.
Today, PTSD is the leading cause of depression and suicide among men and women in the armed forces.
In 2015, veterans accounted for 14.3 percent of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults, according to the Veterans Administration (VA).
Every day, about 20 veterans and one active service member commits suicide.
In the our next issue, read about Salvationists Captain Frenie Antoine and Lieutenant Charmaine Romano and about Beverly Franklin, whose son died by suicide at Fort Hood, Texas.
These women are doing something about the problem. They’ll share how you can help too.
By the way, for the remainder of his life, that WWII soldier courageously battled PTSD. I know, because he was my father.
— Warren L. Maye
Editor in Chief