FIGHT Beyond Calamity
I love hearing the questions for the behind-the-scenes of what goes into FIGHT, where it came from, and what continues to fuel its mission. Unlike a 501(c), FIGHT is more like an idea. It's not tangible but when put into practice, outlooks on oneself and those that come into contract with that individual alter...hopefully for the better!
I'm not in a position to create leadership classes or a veterans-rescue type of program or physical place, but I have come across many programs and 501(c) groups that DO have the funds and resources. FIGHT is in no way a competitor for anyone; if anything, it's more like an awareness attempt...a beacon, if you will, to collaborate the WHY veterans should still remain proactive and active after their service, along with finding ways to find those that slip through the system's cracks.
Now, not all veterans have a dark or distressing time getting out of the military, but depression affects all ranks, genders, races, job-related experiences, etc. There is no discrimination to the hate towards oneself or a negative experience or facing a past not pleasant to recall. As human beings, we like to find outlets to help curb that edge of pain that can develop after remembering something or simply waking up. But what if that individual never deployed? What if they didn't complete their contract of service? What if they did everything right but ended up chaptered out of the military due to an injury or chain of command not wanting to take responsibility for that individual any longer? Are there still programs for these individuals?
When leaving the military, information is always being thrown out and it's hard to remember it all. A lot of that information is hearsay and varies on experience and individual who "qualifies". Some things work for some but not others. Why is that? Is it simply clerical error since the astounding paperwork is always building of veterans and military personnel? Why are we not able to be organized and structured as going into service with this?
FIGHT is a reminder to always choose to keep fighting the FIGHT. Everyone's battle looks different, unfortunately. Not everyone will fit into a cookie cutter of "problems" or "issues". Though many vets may experience extreme financial burdens, will paying off everything really solve the issue? Even if you give a homeless veteran food and shelter, will they be okay to be left alone? Finding the ROOT of the issue is a pain, and in some eyes, costly. However, you can't blatantly act stunned or surprised that veterans commit suicide and not look at the real issue. Some cases may be simpler than others, but why overlook them? Because it's 1 less person you have to account for? They were pawns when they wore the uniform, but they are most certainly human beings.
Suicide is frowned upon in most parts of our society, some even welcome it, but unless we talk about it, no one will willingly talk about their WHY they contemplate suicide. Seeking psychiatry can be costly; VA's have turned away veterans too. So, I ask, what else can we do to take care of our own?
~Keep fighting the fight~