AFTERBURNER: STUNG BY SUICIDE

From Bill Whittle (on Facebook):

I don’t usually implore people to share these or help push them out, but I know from experience that this particular video might make a difference and I could use your help making sure that the people that need to see it get to see it.

Thank you all. For everything. I wouldn’t be here without the mind-boggling love and support I have received starting with my very first days at Eject! Eject! Eject!

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14 Responses to AFTERBURNER: STUNG BY SUICIDE

  1. ensitue says:

    Amazing coincidence, I just opened a letter from the VA begging me to call their Hotline so that I could unburden myself to an unidentified Govt. Agent, I mean mental health provider

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  2. aprilyn43 says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!!! This is what I was trying to say in the post I made concerning Robin Williams. As talented and funny as Williams was there are many more individuals who die, commit suicide, daily, and they deserve the SAME sympathy that Williams was afforded.

    Our wounded warriors, our military personnel are our greatest asset and deserve our highest honors and praise; more praise than any celebrity !!! They risk their lives daily so that we might live free.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    The little carrion feeders in the press have no boundaries – at lest decent ones. It’s about selling their broadcast and themselves – if they get caught trying to act morally outraged or sympathetic (an obviously foreign reaction) something like “we see sooooo much strife and hardship we toughen ourselves against it so that we can present a fair and non-emotional report…” or something along those lines that smells even more of ripe, steaming compost. Like a comedian had in his skit when he wondered if any of the cameramen or talking reporter-heads gave any of the starving children in the Sudan a sandwich out of their lunches. Star Fleet General Order One in practice (NO, I do NOT want to hear from and Star Trek geeks).
    Note how many American talking news turds wear flag pins (outside of times like major attacks on the US – when their handlers tell them the focus groups want that) or, G-d forbid, a POW/MIA pin: “…but. but Vietnam wasn’t a declared war and prisoner is such a pejorative word when applied to those being allegedly involuntarily detained by the freedom fighting, peace loving members of the heroic forces defending their homeland against the imperialist and illegal invasion by US forces:. With a few slight word changes a phrase is applicable to all US foreign displays of power. If they could get away with dipping their hands in the blood of victims they are exploiting…errr, covering… they’d do so in a heartbeat. Focus groups are still a bit foggy on that one – we’ll get back to ya when they give us a positive drift.

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    • Spar Harmon says:

      Stella thank you for this pass-along, and Czar for your prolonged sarcasm. As a survivor of the very war Bill so powerfully represents, I will add from my experience a point Bill didn’t hit nearly hard enough, but crucial if you want truly and effectively to help. The reason 12-step based programs work is simple, but not easy :: the afflicted who have begun overcoming, help the afflicted struggling to begin :: the recovering afflicted are supported by sharing in the struggles of those just beginning :: the lingua franca is sharing from your own experience [how it was; what happened; how it is now]; no theory, no platitudes, no declaration of knowing just how they feel :: your own story is what you have to give, even if you are struggling and feel you don’t have a clue, you NEED to show that to others who struggle, feeling alone is a myth that needs shattering.
      You don’t think you are depressed unto death? Liar. You just would rather not remember, deny your own experience, ashamed and afraid to go there, can’t forgive yourself not being “strong”, did you forget that nobody is “strong” ? – that only God can save you from your weaknesses? Did you forget that nobody could help until you took the first step to reach out for help, to admit you needed help?

      In our culture, we are ‘set up’ by some basic untruths. I won’t attempt to quantify the soup of mistaken understandings about how to be a ‘good’ ‘successful’ man or woman are out there, but if you have been a grown-up for a while and know how to be a least a little honest with yourself, then you have worked your way through a lot of your personal load, and know there is more lurking in your underbrush. If you have been Saved, Redeemed and know what “taking up your cross” and following Him means, you have so much to share with your brothers and sisters. In the AA literature, the veterans of sustainable recovery state flatly that a life centered in Spirit is not a theory is a matter of life or death Truth. My former life partner, does not drink at all except on special occasions; now retired, she was a woman of high academic achievement, much revered by the young men and women she fostered in high academic achievement. She nearly self-destructed multiple times in the nearly 20 years we were together, as did I; nobody in her family or mine ever knew. We carried each other through. Though not an alcoholic, she joined a 12-step program and found a Christian congregation that suits her needs for companionship on the path. My story is similar. We both already do what Bill is suggesting. It is not hard to find vets to reach out to, but the Private organizations are great ways to pick up and get comfortable with what really most helps. Comparing how relatively bad off we are is irrelevant thinking. When we are in psychic pain, isolated and alone, we need some one to break the loneliness by showing that they have been there and sometimes still get there and they are just like you in a basic human way, and from that point of view we care to help if we can…..

      The most important thing this TREE does for all of us is to let us share, on a fundamental Truth level, from our shared humanity. We become friends. We care about each other. Our loneliness is lessened. We give and receive manna :: Love.

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  4. There is a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant, nicknamed Gunny, of course, who wrote a book about his experiences in ‘Nam (included many bullet holes in him). It certainly opened my eyes. He does and has done whatever he could to help veterans to this day. A woman I know has been in active AF and Navy service. She runs classes at a local community college for veterans on how to write their life stories. Supervised autobiographical writing is a very healing habit, in addition to whatever other therapy that is available. G-d bless you, dear veterans and dear Bill Whittle!

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  5. bob e says:

    this man is an american treasure ..

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