“325 Army suicides in 2012 a record!!” Local communities with non-profit partnerships must get more engaged!

The U.S. Army says the 325 suicides it had last year were the most ever.


(CNN) — The U.S. Army reported Thursday that there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides last year among active and nonactive military personnel.

“Our highest on record,” said Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff, manpower and personnel for the Army.

The grim total exceeds the number of total U.S. Army deaths (219) and total military deaths (313) in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, according to figures published by the military’s Defense Casualty Analysis System.

http://livingwithptsd-sparkles.blogspot.com/2013/01/are-we-doing-better-caring-for-americas.html  Quote by Steve Sparks from this website…

“I worry about a continued effort by the the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs Department to improve the delivery of improved policies and programs for warriors returning home to life after war. It is not that we do not have appropriate policies and programs, it is in the execution and delivery where we fail. I wrote on my blog last year about local communities collaborating with the private and public sectors as the ultimate solution. We need a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that works effectively in the local communities across America. Once our veterans our “processed” following leaving the service or returning home for a break from deployment, the “soul feeding” care needed on an on-going basis at the local level is lost in the shuffle. I still have not seen anything from top that reaches out to local communities in a way that transfers the responsibility of caring for our warriors back to the communities that sent them into war and combat in the first place…”

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story


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Big waves at Nelscott Reef, Oregon…”Food for the Soul”

Nelscott Reef, Oregon 2010…Lincoln City

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http://www.newslincolncounty.com/?p=73709 Quote from this website and article…

“The Nelscott Classic, part of an international competition among elite surfers, is running most of today at Nelscott. Parking in the area is expected to be tight. Be prepared to do a little walking. Less baggage the better. Waves are expected to be considerably smaller than most years, with a gradual increase in size beginning in mid-afternoon.”

In keeping with the theme of my blog, this is “food for the soul.”  There is nothing like the experience of surfing!  As a big fan, the sport of surfing brings back fond and exciting memories of long ago when my body was younger and in excellent condition.  But the thrill of watching big wave surfers is a huge past time on the Oregon coast.  Today was an exceptional day at the beach to watch tow-in surfers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow-in_surfing go for it on waves around 18 feet.  The off shore balmy breeze, and sunny day was mesmerizing.  I can wander back to the 60’s & 70’s in my mind and remember all the excitement and challenge of riding waves in So. California, Mexico, and Hawaii…  We never thought much about the Oregon coast back then.  We didn’t have the luxury of the wet suit technology of today to keep ourselves warm in this very cold water.  I really don’t mind watching these days and dreaming about days gone by.  Just hanging out at the beach is a joy, except on the most stormy days in the winter.  I’ll leave the waves to the young surf dudes and just watch…take pictures…and dream a little…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story