Twenty-Two Vets

     I must apologize this was supposed to publish this morning, but apparently it did not..

     Some of you may remember this from two years ago, but this horrible and unbelievable situation still remains effect. And so, as we thank and remember our veterans on this Veteran’s Day, let us not forget those who CANNOT or in many cases COULD NOT forget their time at arms and will carry the scars of their service to the point of desperation.

     With that being said, may God Bless those who give of themselves for welfare of us all.


To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.



Twenty-two vets

will die today

but not in a war fought

far away.

No, they’ll not perish

amid battle’s din,

for them the enemy

lies within.

Every sixty minutes

plus another five

another hero

does not survive.

And that fact alone

should give us pause,

because for most,

we know the cause.

They are in of need help

so desperately

yet too quickly

they’re set free.

Oh, they’ll try to adapt

and live like us all

but the scars of war

live in their recall.

And those demons will drive them

to the last,

until all their thoughts

are of the past.

When until those thoughts

become a living dream

and they can bear no more

their demon’s scream.

Twenty-two two vets

will die today

by their own hand

and not far away.

Yes, twenty-two heroes

will be laid to rest.

Let us pray each tomorrow,

there will be one less.


Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2014

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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6 Responses to Twenty-Two Vets

  1. Beth Ann says:

    So well written. Such a sad thing.

    • Thanks Beth Ann, it is sad, but hopefully the VA will improve the treatment of those returning from conflicts and other traumatic situations. More time and professional care is needed for the veterans who are not ready to re-enter the society that they left behind. Again, I thank you for taking the time to comment.

  2. This is an incredible poem on a difficult subject. Thank you for bringing this issue to light. We had a walk in our community this past weekend to remember those veterans who have lost their lives due to the post trauma of war.

  3. Thank you Audrey, both for the flattering comment and your thoughtfulness for your walk for those heroes!

  4. Thank you Audrey, regardless of your non-participation in the walk, for spreading the word!

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