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Posted by on January 20, 2013

Another soul has left us today. I just got a call from the Mother of one of the Men that were in my unit. At 1:30am he killed himself with a gun. I was shocked but on some level I was not surprised. Like many of our armed forces members who have come home, like myself my friend was suffering from PTSD. It is a sickness and takes forms in so many different ways. I will not go into other things…because I am still not at a place where I can openly. However I think we need to take better care of our armed forces in this respect. It is not un-manly or un-loyal to suffer from something that you have no control over.

This is a Poem that We have used before when we have lost men. While my friend took his own life this day, I still feel it applies. I feel personally that because of things that happened to him he fell back in the war, what happened today was merely the end result of that falling.

I heard of you today, not in a usual way,
I heard of the courage you displayed today.

Then I heard of your death that has come at such an early age,
Leaving us to weep and be full of rage.

You gave the highest gift that anyone can ever present,
And with your gift we know why you were sent.

For you were born for a more noble purpose than most of us could ever bear,
And, if life were fair…

You would still be with us knowing of your valuable worth,
To all of us here on earth.

But in God’s divine plan, you left us to be of service in his highest realm.
You now are guarding his streets and taking your helm.

To watch over and see that others are safe,
And brought home to their families, to be face to face.

We are debt to you always for being so brave,
You were put here at this time to show us how to save.

A country that needed to be free,
And now we have the need to see…

You safe in God’s arms, full of body and health,
And acknowledging that one’s worth is not of wealth.

But in the life you have given for someone else.
So rest for a while and gather yourself.

For God’s angels are always on duty,
And you have achieved this rare and distinct beauty.

We salute you with tears in our eyes,
Because we now have to say goodbye.

You are at home where you are meant to be,
And yes, don’t worry, we won’t stop until all are free.

Your life has shown us there is a higher price to be paid,
For the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Until we meet again,
Semper Fidelis…to our fallen Marine heroes.
We will never forget you.

3/3 honors fallen Marine in Afghanistan


2 Responses to “Another Soul Leaves Us”

  1. Aw hun I am so sorry for the loss. You text or email if you need anything at all while I am so far from home.

  2. Melda says:

    I’m so sorry hun. You are right that out country doesn’t take care of our soldiers, and they are the ones taking care of us, it is a serious lapse in humanity in my opinion, and I’m here for you if you ever need anything

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