On Sept. 27, Marine veteran William Fuzi called the national Veterans Crisis Line when he thought he was having a panic attack. He was put on hold for 36 minutes. Fortunately, Fuzi isn’t without a sense of humor and recorded the experience. In fact, the act of filming the hotlines’ failure actually alleviated the stress and tension he was feeling. Unfortunately, Fuzi is not alone and many other veterans have faced a solid wall when turning to these crisis lines for help.
When Army veteran Dedra Hughes’ thoughts turned to suicide, she too turned to the hotline, and like Fuzi was met with “Please, hold,” rather than the support she was seeking. After hanging up, Hughes turned to a local veterans group, which sent someone to her door that evening. After that experience, she swore she “would never call the hotline again.”
With the veterans community --- like much of the nation --- struggling to figure out how to address issues of suicide and mental health, reports like these represent a significant stumbling block.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.