The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


September 8, 2013

Letter: Support veterans

ENID, Okla. — Regarding the “State veterans have high rate of suicides” article by Chase Cook, Oklahoma Watch, published Aug. 27 in the Enid News & Eagle:

Yes, suicide is horrible whenever it happens. My prayers go out to any of these individuals and their families. And we appreciate genuine efforts to take care of America’s veterans.  

I do take issue with the current heavy-handed, behavioral control programs that demean “risky” adaptive behaviors.  

We veterans committed to do really risky things, like defend our country. And yes, we subject matter experts do other (legal) risky things, too. But believing that we should not demeans our very reason for being here.

To the 99.96 percent of my fellow veteran population that did not commit suicide in 2011, I thank you for being here.  Lord willing, hang in there a while longer. We could use some help flying the flag and keeping our aging posts running.  

I urge everyone to especially support our local, traditional veterans groups like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, AmVets and, of course, the Disabled American Veterans.   

I am not a physician. For medical advice, be informed and consult your health care provider.

Jay R. Schrand


U.S. Navy veteran 1964-73

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