This past Saturday, I posted in my Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry about the Dieppe Raid that took place August 18, 1942, during WW2.
On p. A8 of Saturday's Windsor Star August 18, 2012, an opinion entitled, Dieppe's legacy - Courage and Sacrifice was published. Here is a LINK for you to read it for yourself.
As The Windsor Star opinion article says, "70 years may have now passed, but Dieppe still stirs painful memories".
On the front page of today's Windsor Star, another article referring to Dieppe was published entitled, Ill fated raid commemorated. Here is a LINK for you to read about it.
Also published in The Windsor Star, Saturday, August 18/12, was another article entitled, U.S. army tries to find reason for high suicide rate. Click on this LINK to read this for yourself.
Even though many years have gone by, since WW2 and even though both U.S. and Canadian troops are standing and in some cases fighting for freedom and for our eventual protection, many of the results are the same.
While it is simple to say that killing changes people, it is not so easy for those traumatized by these events. Even if a person has not actually killed someone in battle, they may have seen friends injured or killed.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the big factors where I believe most of our veterans can relate. In my opinion, it matters not where or how long ago their trauma situation(s) occurred. Years earlier, or today, PTSD affects people the same way.
I know this, because after a major collision I was involved in, where an admittedly drunk and drugged driver changed my life forever, I suffered from PTSD. And, from time to time, if I am severely stressed, it pops up, even still.
While the cause is different in my case, the effects from PTSD don't really change.
One thing that did change for me, was the fact that once I rededicated my life to Jesus, God helped me to deal with the effects that burdened me. Thank You, Lord!
This is what I believe the problem with our troops is, today.
You see, back during the time of WW2, most in our armed services in Canada, Britain and USA, considered themselves Christian. And, many came to Christ, in trenches and in battle. But, then... life was different, back then.
God had His place in the lives of those who lived in free countries, like Canada and USA.
Today, times have changed.
After a couple generations of God and prayer being removed from schools, people are no longer the same. Not as many people are truly Christian.
In addition, I've read that in today's world, military chaplains aren't even allowed to mention Jesus Christ, or pray with people, as they did during WW2.
We now live in an era where being Christian is considered somewhat outdated. And, Christians are being put down, regularly.
Not everyone wants to be Christian.
The result is, that God doesn't offer refuge to as many people, today. Jesus is not first and foremost in the minds of many in this generation, as He should be.
So, those feeling the affects of trauma, don't really have anywhere to turn.
In my opinion, this is why there are so many people traumatized by PTSD are killing themselves. They don't have any hope.
2 Corinthians 4:8 tells us, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;"
Can you see what I am referring to, by reading this Bible verse? Those who are trusting in Jesus, may be troubled and perplexed, but are not distressed to the point of despair. Those who have Jesus in their corner, have hope.
Please realize, I am not a professional counsellor, nor am I a doctor; however, this is my opinion: Those who don't have Jesus, have no hope. They suffer, with no end in sight. Yes, sometimes even to the point of committing suicide.
Friend, if you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please read the New Testament portion of your Bible. Come to Christ, today. And, pray that troops everywhere, standing for freedom, will do the same.
Until next time...
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