National Day of the Deployed
Reported By WOC H.McMahon
“National Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. The day also acknowledges their families, who are separated from them during deployment, and the sacrifices they make in order for their family members to serve our country.” - Nevada Department of Veterans Services
Deployment is a very difficult thing for any soldier, enlisted and officer alike. Deployment comes with a bouquet of interpersonal and mental issues that may arise, such as deploying and coming back with PTSD or simply being extremely removed from family, which has been linked to numerous cases of serious mental illness.
While it is honorable to serve one’s country, especially in a time of need, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that, according to the VA, about 11-20% of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD, with 10% of desert storm veterans having PTSD. This is… a lot of veterans. Luckily, there is help out there. The national suicide prevention hotline’s number is 800-273-8255. In this day and age, while it isn’t always easy to go on, it’s easier to find resources than ever, as search engines get better and better, all you need to know is the right phrases and you’ll get thousands or millions of results in a second.
Veterans are brave souls who’ve been through a lot, and it’s only right that us civilians help them in any way they need. Thank you to all veterans and those currently deployed for your service and have a good night.