- “You are no longer needed.”
- “We cannot use you anymore.”
- “You are going to be discharged.”
“We’ve Got Your Six”
Before you read any further, remember this is an advertisement but I may say something that is very disturbing because I am going to tell you what you already know and the truth can be ugly.
“We’ve Got Your Six” are not empty words. An injury or a round that got past your body armor or even the loss of a leg or both legs can put you at risk for the trip back to where you were. Spend a minute here and rest. It’s hard work to say “I need help” Especially when you are the one that strives to be the helper and the hands of rescue. Now you are the one that needs a hand up.
What do you do when you hear or understand the unspoken words at the top? When you are fighting to gain your strength or even fighting for your sanity and then you get kicked in the teeth with ” We don’t need you anymore.”
What do you do when you shattered a knee during a training accident. Now you’re looking at involuntary separation. Maybe you caught a round between your armor and things are not right and the pain is so distracting you can’t focus. ( The VA tells you nothing is wrong). While wearing a badge, you were hit by a car at a traffic stop or shot and left by the wayside. Now you can’t work and the bills are piling up. Insurance will not cover the loss of pay and the medical bills. They seem to only want to pay death claims. What now?
The physical pain is only part of the problem. When you lose your ability to serve in a meaningful manner ( as in the past ) it is difficult to change gears and develop a new mission in which you feel as if you are pulling your own weight. The despair and depression are constant companions and you are weighed down with the constant struggle and battle to keep a smile on your face.
The battle is real and so difficult because you can’t seem to focus your sights on a target. You need something to aim your anger at and get some relief from the constant battle.
There is Hope in your despair. Do NOT give up.
As long as you are breathing, there is hope and redemption from the darkness you are fighting. It does not matter how you got to where you are, there is a way back. The journey itself is worth the effort. In the past, you may have rushed to a solution and passed up the view on the way there. Now you have time to see the path and believe it or not, you can enjoy the journey back to health.
I will not BS you and tell you that you can run a mile in 5 min or fix your car, or dig a ditch, but if you can overcome the darkness in your head, then the journey is worth all the pain.
Reach out! There is help. If you want help with this battle Here is a 24 hotline.
Here are more numbers, but realize we have people that have made it back from the same journey you are on. We know how this works and we know the pain. Until your last breath or your last heartbeat, there is help. Walk this road back and do not worry about what people will say. You are not the 1st nor the last person to hit the wall and bounce like hell.
800-273-8255 – Suicide Hotline
888-663-3239 – Addiction Hotline
800-931-2237 – Eating Disorder Hotline
800-334-4357 – Self Harm Hotline
800-656-4673 – National Assault Hotline
800-222-1222 – Poison Control Hotline
800-799-7233 – National Domestic Violence Hotline
877-565-8860 – Transgender Suicide Hotline
Text VETS or CONNECT to 741741
Take 1 more step and reach out. You may not see it now, but there are people that can and will help.
If you can’t seem to shake the anger and despair, you can always reach me. Since you are online now, you can reach me here. I spend a lot of time here and get my email everywhere.
I spent quite a bit of time since I had to retire showing people how to make a butt load of money. If that is any help, then contact me. I have a story too, but this is not the page or the time for my story. My story ends well. What about yours?