Chaplain Corner - May 2020
May 1, 2020
From the Chaplain’s Pen.........................................................................Chaplain Al Lowe
It is hard to figure out what is going to happen, when it is going to happen, and under what conditions. A couple of VFW events have been moved, and more than a couple have been moved more than a couple of time. Kind of confusing!
I have said this in public, and with individual units and Posts, the secret killer out there is the suicide. I have no idea of the number of suicides the VFW has recently experienced – but I figure it is several. And again, what I am urging all who read this note, contact your Comrades. Give them a call, or even a note. Right now, is not the best time to make a visit and I do not recommend a visit. But I do say contact. Here is some suicide awareness material:
Factors: Symptoms: Warning Signs
Depression Appetite Change Obsession with death
Alcohol, substance abuse Feeling helplessness Plans of killing self
Previous attempts Crying Access to means
No social support Decreased work performance Withdrawn / Outward
Divorce, separation Decreased motivation Passive / Aggressive
Personal failure Sleeping pattern change Pending proceedings
DO: DO NOT
Take seriously Leave individual alone
Ask questions Moralize or judge
Listen carefully Agree to a secret
Watch for physical indicators Act shocked
Check for means Dare
Check for support systems Shame or humiliate
The suicide rate among veterans vastly exceeds that of active-duty troops. According to estimates last year by the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a US military veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes – 18 veterans a day.
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Bible Verse Of The Month
Job Chapter 38, Verse 36
"Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?
or who hath given understanding to the heart?"