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“I need a brother…” January 27, 2016

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jasonWithin my very tight knit community of Recon Marines, Scout/Snipers and SARCS, these are words you never want to hear and, at the same time, wish you would hear more often.  It is not uncommon to see a request in a Facebook post or get a text that says simply: “I need a brother…”  When these words are passed,  dozens, if not scores of Marines and Sailors drop what they are doing and reach out to take care of the one in need.  Sometimes it is just someone to talk with…sometimes it is more.  It doesn’t matter.  Responding to these simple words may mean the difference between life and death.

Last weekend another Marine in our very small group took his own life.  This has happened far to frequently for a group of our size and has become far too common.  (more…)

Robin Paul- Indianapolis VA Program Manager Mocks Veteran Suicides March 9, 2015

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Robin_Paul_smCORRECTION.  I received a very polite email today from the folks who own Elf on a Shelf.  They corrected my post and clarified that the ‘elves’ that Ms. Paul used in her post were not the Elf on a Shelf. The email contained the following.  “The Elf on the Shelf is in no way affiliated with these emails, nor does it condone judgment or mockery of the men and women of our military, or anyone for that matter. We hope you understand our concern that The Elf on the Shelf brand, which is built around creating family moments and joy at the holidays, would be incorrectly linked to this story.”  My apologies to the folks at Elf on a Shelf for incorrectly identifying the character.

On the heels of the VA Secretary lying about his services as a “Special Forces” soldier, we now have a program manager from the VA in Indianapolis apparently mocking veteran suicides.  Maybe Ms. Paul needs a reminder that 22 Veterans per DAY commit suicide in this country.  Many of these veterans are scarred from their time in combat while in service to their nation.  They do not deserve derision and mockery rather they need and deserve our support.  This wonderful representative of the Indianapolis Veterans Administration (yes that is sarcasm) wrote an email with a series of off color Christmas Jokes. In the email below, Ms. Paul jokes that the elf was: “…caught in the act of suicidal behavior (trying to hang himself with an electrical cord)”  The picture has a note that says “Out of Xanax, please help!”.  While Ms. Paul may think this is amusing, to those of us who are in the community of combat arms veterans, it is no laughing matter.  In one of the Facebook groups of which I am a member, I can name two veterans who have committed suicide since the start of 2015.  If the VA wants to know why there is a problem with veteran suicides maybe they should look no farther than their own incompetent, indifferent program manager who believes it is funny to mock veterans who are suicidal over Christmas.   It should be noted that the statement on the Indianapolis VAs website says: “Honoring America’s Veterans with quality health care services, part of the largest integrated health care system in the U.S.”  Mocking America’s Veterans is not ‘Honoring” them. While I cannot find a direct email for Mr. Richard Roudebush, you can contact him via Facebook message here.  He is Ms. Pauls supervisor.

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R&S Foundation (Charitable Organization for Recon, SARC, Snipers, and others) January 1, 2015

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RSFoundation“Honoring the Silent Professionals”

I am honored to announce the formation of a new charitable organization called the R&S Foundation.  The R&S Foundation (named for Recon & Sniper) was formed to help our veteran Brothers and Sisters in need.  Many are unaware that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.  Many more struggle with physical, emotional and financial challenges.  The Recon, Scout/Sniper, SARC, and MARSOC communities are in need of a foundation to help those who are in need of support.  The R&S Foundation was born of a simple idea.  Several years ago a Reconnaissance Sniper created a loose affiliation of Snipers, Recon Marines, SARCs, and MARSOC Marines which began informally helping each other.  From this seed of an early idea some brothers from the community took the proverbial bull by the horns and created the R&S Foundation.   Currently, the group is putting together the ‘non profit’ packet and have seated the Board of Directors (I am privileged to have been asked to be on the BOD).  If you get a chance, please take a look at the Facebook page and give us a ‘like’.  You can reach the Foundation by emailing; info@reconsniperfoundation.org

R&S Foundation is Live! (not for profit to help Recon, Sniper, MARSOC, SARC)! November 24, 2014

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“Honoring the Silent Professionals”

I am honored to announce the formation of a new charitable organization called the R&S Foundation.  The R&S Foundation (named for Recon & Sniper) was formed to help our veteran Brothers and Sisters in need.  Many are unaware that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.  Many more struggle with physical, emotional and financial challenges.  The Recon, Scout/Sniper, SARC, and MARSOC communities are in need of a foundation to help those who are in need of support.  The R&S Foundation was born of a simple idea.  Several years ago a Reconnaissance Sniper created a loose affiliation of Snipers, Recon Marines, SARCs, and MARSOC Marines which began informally helping each other.  From this seed of an early idea some brothers from the community took the proverbial bull by the horns and created the R&S Foundation.   Currently, the group is putting together the ‘non profit’ packet and have seated the Board of Directors (I am privileged to have been asked to be on the BOD).  If you get a chance, please take a look at the Facebook page and give us a ‘like’.  You can reach the Foundation by emailing; info@reconsniperfoundation.org

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