I have something to say.
Take care of our Veterans.
To put it short, last night’s shooting at a local bar horrified the masses of America.
Race and gun laws were two major issues immediately reported and blasphemously blown out of proportion.
Did no one see the signs? Holes in the walls, living alone with his mother, already rated at a high percentage of disability. Who turned away the first, second and other times he was clearly demonstrating a need for attention. Not the kind of attention that is self-seeking in egoism, but the attention for help.
How did we fail as a community? What came about of the officers who checked on him during those domestic disturbances? What did his life look like before the shooting?
These are things to consider when events like such occur.
This is not the work of one, but the ignorance of many at work.
His family held a responsibility to report his behavior, and they did. SO-
Why wasn’t his gun locked or taken during one of those home visits? Officers were already familiar with him, had they not paid adequate attention during previous disturbances?
The signs are clear, we failed one of us.
I conclude, there needs to be a greater awareness. As Americans, we are not confined to one story.
He is not just a 28-year-old combat veteran who shot up a bar.
He is someone’s child, perhaps a brother, and/or even an uncle.
Although many may now argue against it, he is a patriot. He served, was honorably discharged. We should have known that once he came into contact with law enforcement as a combat veteran, actions to HELP should have been put into motion.
For others who can relate to him can identify that all it takes in consumption of deep and dark emotional state is one trigger- for anyone but especially for those who suffer psychologically!
It doesn’t take a genius to see hurt; it does take time and genuine love for a human to notice another.
How can we not sympathize? Combat veterans represent a minority of a minority (veterans) and as a community, we have an obligation to help one another. When did this come out of style? When did we just turn the other way until a tragedy happens? It is difficult to say, but where is the VA in all of this?
A paycheck does not solve PTSD. It’s not just “emotional issues.” Money in my wallet does not take care of combat psychological change. Where is the follow-up of such persons who are identified as needing long term care?
My infinite sorrows are shared with families of victims as a result of this incident, and this is in no way a means to devalue our losses as a community. However, in doing so, it is vitally important to consider the multi-dimensional sphere we all live in. No one is limited to one story.
Take care of our Veterans.