“Suicide rates for U.S. Armed Forces and veterans have gotten so high, that more active duty military died last year from suicide than in combat.” (Cbsnews / 60 Minutes) They apparently commit suicide because of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by what they saw and did while being in the armed forces. Why are these veterans of war unable to find peace of mind after serving in the armed forces?
My father was a veteran of WW2 and he never spoke about what happened for decades. Losing friends in the war was very hard for him. What may have helped himgreatly was that he started to read and study the Bible. Maybe through prayer and supplication to God he was able to relieve the heavy burden that he went through and find the peace of God that alleviated his guilt and grief.
It was only in the last few years that he was able to speak about the war and his war experiences. It helped me understand him better and we became much closer as he could talk to someone about what he went through. War is so unnatural!
My father and I both look forward to the day when there
This morning I was looking at a picture of a smiling man who lost both legs by stepping on a land mine. He was a man from Myanmar. He joined the army when he was 21 years old. He fought in 20 battles. He was greatly encouraged when he met one of Jehovah’s Witnesses who told him of the coming paradise where he would regain his legs. Jesus was able to even restore missing limbs. He is so looking forward to the fulfillment of Isaiah 35:6. (2013 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses page 140)
Learning about our merciful and comforting God and making peace with God and knowing that he is so forgiving can help even soldiers find a reason to keep living!