Save a Hero With Gratitude

Today is Veterans Day, which holds a special place in my heart. I’ve always felt those who have served this country in our military are heroes. Today, we honor our military heroes.

Unfortunately, our system knows how to program a man to be a soldier. They know how to program women to become warriors. Unfortunately, they do not seem to know how to deprogram them. We bring them back from war with deep psychological trauma. We throw them back into society and expect them to manage.

We don’t train our society to support the soldiers upon their return. With all of the social programming in our school system, surely we could train our children to embrace our wounded heroes. Unfortunately, most of the time, this isn’t the case.

I know this is supposed to be a post about gratitude, and today, I want you to understand how important gratitude can be. When you’re on the brink of death, a kind word of gratitude can literally save your life.

According to www.stopsoldiersuicide.org, veterans have a 57% higher risk of suicide than someone who’s never served in the military. Approximately 17 soldiers die by suicide every single day.

According to www.americaaddictioncenters.org, the suicide rate between 2001 and 2020 increased by 95.3% for veterans aged 18 to 34. These numbers are dreadful.

What if you could save the life of one of our military heroes? You can. Sometimes, all they need is a little bit of support. They need encouragement. They need gratitude.

If you have learned anything so far this month, I hope you understand how powerful gratitude is. Today, on Veterans Day, I ask you to use the power of gratitude to save the life of one of our heroes. Thank a veteran today and every day. Don’t just celebrate the lives of veterans on this day. We have 365 days in our calendar year. Show gratitude for them daily. Together, we can support our wounded heroes and decrease these terrible statistics.

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