I had a meeting with a case worker today. I have a severe back injury caused by my service in the military. In case you hadn't heard, suicides in the military are responsible for more deaths than the war in Afghanistan right now. The military is trying desperately to quell this trend.
Psychologists and social workers are being hired like crazy. That won't help. My case worker asked about my life, trying to figure out if I'm a risk. I'm not. I have support from my close and extended family. I find myself helping more vets and servicemen than needing help. The biggest reason for this is my Dad.
My Dad is the farmer that Paul Harvey was talking about in that Dodge commercial on the Super Bowl. He's also a man that has lived with chronic pain for forty years of his life and continued to press on. He has set the example of the man that men are supposed to be. He didn't divorce...he never thought about it. He raised a family. He worked hard his entire life. He never took handouts. It would have been embarrassing to have his kids get free lunch. He and his kind built this wonderful country we have. It wasn't the victims that built our country. It wasn't the complainers or critics. It was men with strong backs and strong Biblical views on life.
This country will fall. Sooner or later. It's men like him that will rebuild. It's him that I strive to emulate and it's him that I want our descendents to know is the goal.