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I Was Ready To Punch A Wall By The 11th Image. I'm Telling *EVERYONE.*

I'm not surprised that the HUGE mental illness problem in the American military is hidden. It's a difficult topic to hear about, so it just doesn't get discussed. But it kills. Here are 13 ways to talk about this problem so it's not hidden any longer.

I Was Ready To Punch A Wall By The 11th Image. I'm Telling *EVERYONE.*

1. I've never thought so clearly about how many soldiers are dying OFF the battlefield.


2. That's a difference of over 230,000 troops. Can we sync our calculators, please?

3. I don't like this stat! Yet I want EVERYONE to know it.

4. Really makes you rethink the concept of "wounded."

5. Mental disorders coming in at #2.

6. That's 1 in 5 female vets.

7. PTSD, though it is a mental disorder, has some significant physical side effects. If this list doesn't make PTSD real, I don't know what could.

8. Think about these experiences. I think it's worth creating more ways to address their impact on human soldiers.

9. When I see how poorly diagnosed and treated PTSD is in the images above and then look at the image below, I can't help but think how important it is that we see to it that PTSD is better diagnosed and treated. It feels so obvious.

10. Wow. Not only does PTSD affect the soldier, but it hurts the soldier's family. I'm seeing all that "support the troops" imagery, and I'm concerned. Are we *really* supporting them?

11. Noooooooooooooooooo. In 2012, more troops died from suicide than in battle?! Seriously? Is there some reason that everyone in the world doesn't know this? *facepalm*

12. This could mean that more vets are getting help. It could also mean that more *need* help. It could also mean both of those things.

13. It's a start.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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