Let’s be the “they.”

What are THEY going to do about it? This is a famous question. Asking it out loud almost forces one’s hands up in the air and one’s head to shake slowly side to side. Asked hard enough and it can be a question loaded with bitterness, blame, and helpless resignation.

The suicide rate of military veterans is now 21 a day. That’s down from 22 a day. It’s a start. Most of my 20+ year career in the military as a chaplain has been overshadowed by this statistic. I’m running the 2019 NYC Marathon for Hope For The Warriors not just to be nice, but because I’ve looked deep into the need for the work of this organization and hundreds like it. You have no idea how much work and money it has taken to get the number of suicides from 22 to 21 a day. Look at it this way: every day one more life is now saved. It’s a start, but just like a marathon is 26.2 miles, we’ve got a long way to run after finishing the first mile. 90.1% of every dollar Hope For The Warriors receives goes directly to programs and support for veterans. The other ten are pretty well split between the administration and fundraising. The NYC Marathon is picky about its charities. This, out of the many excellent military charities out there, is the one I see them standing behind the most. It’s not hard to see why.

Below is from their website… hopeforthewarriors.org

“For the past 12 years, Hope For The Warriors® has been dedicated to serving those who have served. As a Veteran Service Organization, we provide a full-cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

MISSION:
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

ETHOS:
Hope For The Warriors is a family, united by our shared conviction of honor and sacrifice.”

I think the the time has come for all of us to be the “they” in the question, “What are they going to do about it?” Please pray about giving a donation big or small to them as part of my running the NYC Marathon for Hope For The Warriors. Here’s the link…

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/hope-for-the-warriors-nyc-2019/johntorresjr

Thanks for reading this. Pray for these veterans. Somewhere nearby one or more are thinking about ending it all. Pray for light to shine and hope to rise in their hearts right now. Pray for Jesus to heal every wound inside and out. Amen.