I recently saw a viral body cam clip of a veteran on the side of the road, on the phone with the VA Suicide Hotline. The veteran was sobbing as he explains that he's on the phone line and can't afford the ambulance that the police officer is trying to send for help.
What broke me the most was that all the veteran asked for at the end of the clip was a hug.
I am not a veteran.
But I do know what it feels like to be sobbing on the side of the road, ready to end it all. I do know what it feels like to be on the phone with Suicide Hotline as my last resort.
So to the Veterans- my heart aches for you.
I am sorry that our country has failed you as you continue to fight for us. I'm sorry if the war didn't stop when you came home.
To my friends battling mental illness day in and day out- keep fighting. I know how hopeless it feels to be on that phone line. I know how it feels to want to run to the cop and say "Please, can I have a hug?"
To family members of veterans and those battling mental illness- remember to hug your loved ones tight, and tell them you love them often.
It does make a difference. It could save a life.
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