The infamous question: Why? WHY do veterans keep committing suicide? WHY bother writing the "Fight" series? WHY bother trying to get people to read into the thoughts and emotions of veterans? WHY promote the FIGHT mission?
I honestly believe we all come to terms with what our morals are; who we really are. It is during the dark moments and confusing obstacles that everything gets questioned simultaneously. Politics, unfortunately, is a broad example for what challenges you to stand up for it or not. Regardless of your political or religious beliefs, there's a commonality among us as human beings: death. Losing a loved one, even an acquaintance, can have an impact on our psyche, whether we consciously acknowledge it or not. The one major thing I learned rather quickly when I served in the U.S. Army was that life is short. Even today, I speak all the names that are listed on the homepage of this website as well as the "In Memory" page of each book in the FIGHT series.
Nevertheless, I have my moments of questioning why do I live? Why do I stay with my family? Why do I involve myself with veterans at all? The world is cruel. People can be mean just to be mean, veteran or not. Me having doubts in my ambitions is more like an internal challenge; am I really going to go through with this? Am I really the person for the job? All of these questions (and more) are part of the process of developing that drive and urge to fighting a FIGHT. Mother Nature proves to us every day that we all struggle to make it all work. But what about the person struggling with depression? Hope.
Hope is hard to find when negativity drives our social media platforms; drives politics and news reports. COVID-19 has shut people off from loved ones and forces people who NEED that interaction so they don't get stuck contemplating killing themselves. Whether you support wearing masks or not, or if you support a complete shut down or not, if you are someone searching for a purpose, reach out to someone, especially if they are veteran.
Riots have savagely taken lives, young and old, throughout the United States. We have veterans who are very much in and around those areas. For some, it's a flashback to what they thought was behind them. Yes, there are some who probably encourage the violence, but FIGHT challenges those seeking to be leaders and actually help fellow comrades, or veterans at all, to walk the walk. Take initiative. Take action.
We all have a FIGHT we are fighting. Perspective plays a big role in how it looks, how it compares, and how it is fought. Don't let fellow veterans FIGHT alone. FIGHT focuses on veterans, but anyone in need is worth fighting for, fighting with. Color of their skin, religious beliefs, gender, sexuality preference are irrelevant when you're standing up for what's right.
~Keep fighting the fight~