The War Is Not Over For Some
For many soldiers who have served, the fight doesn’t end on the battlefield. That’s the message that Howard Berry has dedicated his life to spreading. Howard Berry, father of Sgt. Joshua Berry, started Flags For Forgotten Soldiers to raise awareness for soldiers that take their own lives. Howard’s son, Joshua, was present at the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. After suffering from an agonizing bout of PTSD for over 3 years, Joshua took his own life February 2013. Four years later, Howard is still as determined as ever to spread his message. A message that we want to help spread.
Are You Okay With 22 Every Day?
22. That’s the estimated number of soldiers/veterans who claim their lives each day. That makes for approximately 660 per month, and 7920 lives lost each year. Learning these numbers has saddened us deeply here at Collins Flags. Many of these heroes, like Josh, suffer from PTSD. PTSD is a condition that affects many of our veterans each day. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a condition that stems from experiencing or witnessing horrific events. It’s a condition that anyone can develop, and is highly common among military soldiers. PTSD affects each person differently. Here are just some of the symptoms that PTSD can bring on to those who are affected:
- Nightmares and flashbacks reliving the event
- Feeling guilt or shame
- Jittery and constantly on high alert looking for danger
- Trouble concentrating and sleeping
- Irritable, easily started
- Acting in unhealthy ways (drinking, drugs, reckless driving, etc.)
- Anxiety and depression
- Physical symptoms including chronic pain
- Intense feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair
- Employment problems
- Relationship problems
Unfortunately, many of them do not get the help that they so rightfully deserve and many do not seek treatment at all. PTSD is NOT a sign of weakness, and help is out there. If you or someone that you know is dealing with PTSD, please reach out for help. You are loved!
They Fought For Us, Now We Fight For Them
On the eve of Veterans Day, 2017, we are are in full support of Howard and his message. After losing his son, Howard was determined to bring light to this sensitive subject. His goal? To spread awareness for soldiers who battle with PTSD and other mental illness in order to provide them with proper treatment options and reduce the number of lives lost. By creating displays using 660 stick flags that represent the estimated 660 lives lost each month, Howard is confident that his message will get out. Will you join in the fight to improve and save the lives of our nation’s heroes?
How You Can Help Make a Difference Today
Through widespread awareness, we CAN and we WILL make a difference. Interested in supporting this cause? Here is how to contribute:
- Create your own stick flag display to share
- Like and share Howard’s message on Facebook
- Make a donation to the Flags For Forgotten Soldiers movement
We are happy to do our part in furthering Howard’s mission. Any contributions are voluntary but highly appreciated. These soldiers and veterans put it all on the line for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy each day. Let’s do our part and help these heroes find the peace, love, and happiness that they deserve. Together, we can change the world.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams