Mr. Cunningham, this piece of yours touched my heart and soul.
My grandfather served in WW 1 and returned home to Winnipeg, Canada. Shortly thereafter, he committed suicide. He did it from behind the closed doors of a large mental institution here on the West coast.
It's hard to pin down the records , but my mother thinks it was either schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. She was just 16 when he died.
T hank-you for bringing this important issue for current war-vets out of darkness.
Sincerely , Don Fraser
It's an issue that has to be addressed.
My grandfather had schizophreina, as did my father's older brother and younger sister. My Uncle and Aunt where given prefrontal labatomies which distroyed their lives. My grandfather and uncle committed suicide while in a mental intitution. My aunt tried to drown her three cildren and spent most of her life in a mental institution. All this occurred before the development of neuroleptics. Their tragedy was the tragedy of everyone would suffered with schizophrenia in their day.
Today we have the medications and therapy that enables us to become functionaly members of society, to have a real life to live, filled with growth and satisfaction. What the military in the USA is NOT doing for our soldiers is a tragedy bordering on the criminal.
My daugter has been doing a geneology on our family and has found the location of my grandfather's grave in a potter's field at Eastern Washington Psychiatric Hospital. On my next trip home to Spokane, Washington I will visit his grave. I'll be the first in our larger family since my mother, who died in July of 2003.
Thank you for your response.
What is your opinion about bringing back the "draft" that was dropped back in 1973 ???? And if so, what about the Vietnam Conflict which only required a "one-year" tour of duty????
It is my opinion that such is being causing by the large number of solider many tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
yo g dawg go commit a soldier suicide bcause u be trippin and frontin more than freakin jeremy
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