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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jeff Hensley of Frisco, Texas, a retired Navy fighter pilot who fought in both Iraq wars, places American flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014, representing the 1,892 veterans and service members who have died by suicide this year. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

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  • Brent

    God Bless and Keep Them ~ ‘I support our Troops’, should NEVER be just a Bumper Sticker, do something, anything to make it YOUR reality….

  • ps0rjl

    Buddy got out of the Marines in August of 1971 and I got out of the Marines in September of 1971. I used to visit with him and his two older brothers as their dad’s farm abutted my dad’s. The first time I saw Buddy was at his funeral in October 1971. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Buddy and how if I had just taken time to see him when I first got out things might have turned out better. Suicide rates were very high for returning Vietnam vets because one day they could be in a fire fight and the next they would be at home with their families. There was no decompression time. It is unfortunate that the military hasn’t fixed this problem in over 40 years.

    • ps0rjl

      I should also add that Buddy was a grunt while I because I minored in accounting in college was a payroll clerk far from any combat. Also Buddy enlisted, while I was drafted into the Marines. I was no John Wayne.