Every Day is Veteran’s Day
The holiday known as Veteran’s Day came and went yesterday, but the way I see it, every day is Veteran’s Day. I don’t mean this in some sappy way. I mean it quite literally. Because every single day that we are allowed to say what we think and own private property and live without fear of imminent death due to expressing our religious beliefs, we should be grateful to America’s veterans.
Were it not for America’s veterans, we would be ruled today by Communists or by The Third Reich, and the world would be shrouded in evil and darkness. Were it not for them, we would still have a level of anxiety about how much more territory ISIS might acquire today and how many more beheadings they might perpetrate today. Were it not for them, we would wonder far more than we do today about whether Al Qaeda would be perpetrating a major terrorist event on American soil today.
Your day and my day are unfolding with whatever level of peace and calm they are because others fought for us to have this day. Some of them died for us. The contributions veterans have made and continue to make to every one of my days and yours are utterly profound.
Tragically, some studies have found that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Twenty-two. Each day I live my life, 22 heroes can’t find enough hope in their days to live through their own.
This is why I started #HELP22, along with Commander Kirk Lippold, USN, Ret. I decided to devote a full day, the 22ndof every month, composed of one-hour counseling and advice sessions for any veteran who wants help, free of charge—whether in person, by phone or via Skype or FaceTime. (www.help22.org)
Commander Kirk Lippold USN (Ret) was Commander of the USS Cole when the ship was bombed by al Qaeda terrorists on October 12, 2000 in the Gulf of Aden. He pulled bodies from the ocean that day. He knows first-hand what it is to live through the horrors of war.
Commander Lippold’s father was a psychologist who founded the Salt Lake Suicide Prevention Center. When he was about five-years-old he heard his dad answering calls at all times of the day and night from people who needed help. He never forgot it.
We have been joined in our efforts by Christian Josi, one of America’s leading public relations professionals and political consultants. Soon, our team will challenge other life coaches, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and pastoral counselors to offer their own days of free counseling and advice on the 22nd of each month.
Dr. Keith Ablow
Dr. Ablow’s first #HELP22 day took place on the 22nd of November. He wrote a bit about how meaningful that day was to him. Those who want to avail themselves of his time on November 22 need only email [email protected] or call 978.462.1125 to begin the process of registering. Counselors, coaches, psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors who want to join #HELP22 and donate their time can use the same email and phone number.