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#7228815 - 07/18/18 06:31 PM Invisible Wounds
machine73 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
My hunting buddy Zach, just my all around buddy and good dude, took his life yesterday. He loved serving his country as much as hunting and fishing. Zach loved nothing more than his dog, though. Check on your buddies. I don't think there's a single Afghanistan or Iraq vet that hasn't lost a buddy to suicide. And it sucks so bad.


Edited by machine73 (07/18/18 06:33 PM)

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#7229019 - 07/18/18 10:10 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Light Foot

Registered: 04/08/16
Posts: 10
Loc: Flower Mound
Thoughts and prayers out to you and his family.

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#7229036 - 07/18/18 10:26 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
SapperTitan Offline
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 25899
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Iíve had 5-6 buddies I served with kill their self I quit keeping count. Most shortly after ETSing.
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#7229047 - 07/18/18 10:37 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
machine73 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
2 that I was close with. 3 others that were in my unit. ETSing seems to be super hard for too many folks to deal with. Losing Zach really hurts. Thanks all.

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#7229082 - 07/18/18 11:09 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I just got a text from my old LT asking us to reach out to one of our old platoon members because he is t doing good. Was on drugs and in a halfway house now nobody can get a hold of him. Iím sure he will become a statistic at some point.
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#7229101 - 07/19/18 12:02 AM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
machine73 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
I hope it works out, brother.

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#7229272 - 07/19/18 08:00 AM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Tracker

Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 542
Loc: Cooper, TX
22 vets a day take their own lives. That's 22 too many. If you even think one of your buddies is in trouble reach out to them and help. Don't let them think they are alone and that's the only way out. The VA can help.
RIP Zach


Edited by upsslim (07/19/18 08:01 AM)
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#7231116 - 07/20/18 07:06 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Registered: 10/14/09
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Loc: Southern Okla.
Prayers up for you and your buddies. Can't imagine the hell you guys are going through.
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#7235252 - 07/25/18 11:44 AM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
Wildboar3 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/18
Posts: 1
Loc: Fort Hood, TX
I'm sorry to hear we lost another one. If your still in the Military there is a fun ruck march coming up for helping bring service members together. Its put on by Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike - Waco. Its a Free Event.

THE ACTUAL HIKE ITSELF IS FOR VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY, NATIONAL GUARD, AND RESERVISTS ONLY. Participants hike 22km (13.67 miles), while carrying 22kg (48.5lbs), wearing Silkies/Ranger Panties, combat boots, and a ruck - 22 representing the 22 military suicides a day.

The Irreverent Warriors Silkies hikes are a series of events across the nation designed to PREVENT veteran suicide by bringing veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war through therapeutic events and entertainment.

Irreverent Warriors is PREVENTING veteran suicide through the use of unconventional therapy. Veterans are different, and therefore use different methods of coping. In the face of tragedy, a veteran is more likely to use humor and camaraderie as a coping mechanism than anything else. Civilians are not allowed to hike but are welcome to volunteer and/or meet us at the bar stops along the way

Date and Time- Sat, August 18, 2018 9:00 AM Ė 7:00 PM CDT

Location: Indian Spring Park

101 North University Parks Drive

Waco, TX 76701

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#7235430 - 07/25/18 03:48 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
machine73 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
Thanks for the info and condolences. I jumped ship in November. I'm not much of a wingshooter, but Zach loved hunting some doves. So I got on a dove lease for th4 upcoming season. Sit out there and think about all the trash talk every military dude does with his buddies, chuckle, and maybe knock down a bird or twon if I'm lucky.


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#7242702 - 08/02/18 06:00 AM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Over yonder.....
Prayers up.....
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#7242722 - 08/02/18 06:42 AM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
machine73 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
Service was Saturday. Saw a lot of his family, friends, and troops. Shared a lot of tears, but even more laughs. That last part was and is really important.

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#7250689 - 08/09/18 04:44 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
HooksetBrothers1 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/27/17
Posts: 10
Sad news to hear of another Veteran who lost his battle to PTSD... I myself almost lost the battle but gladly I found some relief through the outdoors after years of medication and counseling. Itís why I help start a nonprofit Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery where we empower Veterans with Combat related PTSD by providing free hunting and fishing trips. People donít seem to understand when you leave the military we all lose a part of our purpose and self. Itís something I struggled with but sitting in the blind or taking another Combat Veteran fishing I found that bond again. Most importantly I was around other guys who had things in common with me both in past as well as current struggles. I highly encourage anyone interested in a alternate way of coping and let Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery take you into the outdoors for a chance at finding peace.

Itís our goal of getting those who struggle away from medications away from ALCOHOL and self isolation as those are the major contributors to losing ones self. Letís make a change Letís make an Oath that we will fight this together.

www.hooksetbrothers.org or Facebook Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery 501c3 - 100% Volunteered

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#7250842 - 08/09/18 06:54 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
machine73 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 107
I'll spread the word about Hookset. Thanks for the info and happy to hear you found a way that helps you!

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#7252542 - 08/11/18 04:25 PM Re: Invisible Wounds [Re: machine73]
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Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4620
Loc: Central Texas
Oh man, that's tough to hear. September is Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month. The VA is being very proactive in this. The Veterans Crisis Line number is 1-800-273-8255, press 1. (The "1" indicates a Veteran, and gets routed to a specially trained counselor immediately)

They have hundreds of well trained counselors in several call centers across the country. One will not get a busy signal or be put on hold, of course. It is answered 24/7/365. The VA also puts the number at the bottom of all their written correspondence to Veterans. It may not be 100% yet, but from what I hear it's getting there.

Being affected to such severity by being exposed to what no one should be exposed to proves ones humanity. That alone validates your worth. Feeling helpless, or somehow unfit to walk amongst us, simply proves that you are the most human and best of us.

"It takes the strength of a Warrior to ask for help."

God bless our Veterans, and keep them with us.


Edited by Slow Drifter (08/11/18 04:29 PM)
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