Never Forgotten / Jessica Hazelwood (Fellow Soldier ) I was in Joshus's platoon the entire time I was with 339th. He was one of the first soldiers to talk to me when I had come to the unit and he never stopped. We would hang out after drill with Duncan and never once was it a dull moment. I was very happy to know that he would be going with me over to Iraq because he was one of my closest friends in the unit. He was always there for me when times got rough for me. He could always put a smile on my face. He was always smilling and having a good time making the most of the time that we spent there. I always knew that if I needed someone to talk to or jsut needed a good smile he was always available. I truly miss Joshua. The news was quite shocking to me because I had always known him as being goofy and happy. I am currently stationed in Texas right now and was unable to come back home for the service and I wish I could have made it. As I talked to friends here I have begun to realize there are many soldiers suffering from this. There have been three other sodliers since then that have done the same for the same reasons. As a fellow soldier I can honestly say that I don't talk to everyone about what happened or can explain why I have changed the way I have. It's jsut hard for soldiers who have been through things like this to step up and say I have a problem, it's just not in our nature. I miss Josh terribly and he will never be forgotten.
PTSD goes back along way / Rnee' Dell (Widow of a Vietnam Vet ) I cannot even begin to express to you the family of this wonderful young man how sorry I am for your loss ... It is absolutely horrible that someone can go fight for our country and come home a hero to only be slapped in the face by those that decided they should in the first place. I too am not "anti president anti government" I believe we the men and woman in Iraq are there for a reason and its a might good one ... TO KEEP US THAT ARE NOT THERE ALIVE AND FREE ... My husband was a Navy SEABEE in the Vietnam war he was there for 4 of the worst years of his life. Over the years he to started suffering from PTSD but chose to take up the bottle to ease his pain ... By the time I met Ron it was to late to help ... it ended up taking his life at the age of 57 ... I stand with you in your fight to get the funding needed to STOP this horrible TRAVESTY that has plagued our Military Hero's for far to long. The SEABEE'S moto is "CAN DO" and I think it is high time some folks that can make a difference in this matter stand up and and get something done ... There should not be one more life lost to this horrible sickness but sadly enough there will be but we "CAN DO" something about it now so that our future generations of Hero's will not have to suffer the same fate as my husband or ya'lls Josh ... My name in Rnee' Dell I live in Texas and my email address is email@example.com ... please do not hesitate to write me and let me know what I can do to help. I pray ya'll receive the peace that God promises us all ... Peace that surpasses all understanding ... You have my very heartfelt condolences for you loss.
Standing At Attention / Passer By
The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell."
It's the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
Much Thanks to Josh / Katie (Mother of a Soldier ) Josh, I must say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all that you have done for me and my family. Now you have become a heavenly angel. Please watch over all that serve.
I thank the family of Josh, for such great information. My son is currently in the Army, and is due to deploy soon. He has been to talk to the mental health people on his base in Ft. Lewis. You see before my son ever left for the Army when he was a Junior in H.S. he was said to have bipolar with depression. He thought that the structure of the military would help him to overcome these issues. (something I never understood, but as a mother supported). Now he is having horrid dreams and blacking out. But the Amry says there is nothing wrong with him and he is just looking for a way to get out. Honestly my son does not want out, he wants help. I am so scared for him/me as I said he will deploy soon.
I will keep each of you that love Josh in my prayers, that your memories of Josh, may ease the pain of your grief I will continue to visit this website for any information that may help my son. Know that your sons passing will not be in vain. For as much as it hurts for your loss, his passing and this site, I can only imagine will help more soldiers than you could ever know. Thank you again Josh! and your family for caring about others.
deepest sorrow for you and your family / Linda D. (none) Beautiful tribute! It made me cry. I hae 2 children and thank goodness we have people your Josh and many others to be keeping our land free.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Joshua / Lisa Falen (none) I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I came close to sucide myself after serving overseas in a hostile environment; not Iraq but Bosnia. I was officially a medic but did many jobs.
If you know of any men serving who have PTSD, have them contact BrothersBoundByHonor@groups.msn.com.
If you know of any women serving who have PTSD, have them contact SistersBoundByHonor@groups.msn.com.
Both groups really help the veteran suffering from PTSD. It helped me, it might help another suffering veteran.
we need look at all suicide / Erin Young Passerby (none/I care ) I am so sorry for the loss of Joshua, and I wanted to say, i thank him, for my freedom, I loss a love one to suicide, she was depressed, and had a husband that abused her, she was fearful of this man, she finally got out, and when she did CPS took her children away, saving she failed to protect them, what a joke,we need to address alot of reasons for suicide, my love one did protect her children, CPS pushed her over the edge, suffering with depresstion, then having someone come into your home in the middle of the night and take your children away for no reason, other then to make money off your children, is called legal kidnapping, I am a strong supportor of children, and alot of children are being abused, but it was not so in the case of my love one, and I have done alot of resreach myself on this matter, and families are being destroyed over this, the reason I gave you my story is because, we need to deal with all the facts that come with a preson that wants to end thier life, I pray you get your point across, most of all I pray these great men, and women will open up, and not be ashame to talk, it will save thier lives, I believe that all our love ones that have committed suicide, have a underlying depression, and people and places, can bring that preson over the edge,I pray for all families, that have lost a child to suicide, regradless for the reasons, suicide is a nightmare, for the families left behind, God Bless,