It is reported that 22 veterans who've returned home from war commit suicide every day. There must be something done for these men and women who have served our country, and suffered the ravages of war. Something can be done, and must be. The American Legion has focused on being a part of making a difference for these people.
What is the American Legion:
The American Legion is an organization of U.S. war veterans formed in Paris on March 15–17, 1919, by delegates from all units of the American Expeditionary Forces. Their main mission is to sponsor programs that improve veterans communities, such as scholarships, veterans help programs (i.e ending veterans homelessness), and youth sports. They also promote national security, patriotism, and devotion to veterans.
The St. Louis Caucus (May 8–10, 1919)
The preamble of the constitution adopted in St. Louis became one of the seminal statements of the Legion's orientation and objectives:
"For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
"To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100 Percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the Great War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to prosperity the principles of justice, freedom, and decomracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by devotion to mutual helpfulness."
The formal founding convention was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 10 to 12, 1919. It was attended by 684 delegates from around the United States. From the outset the American Legion maintained a strictly nonpartisan orientation towards electoral politics. The group wrote a specific prohibition of the endorsement of political candidates into its constitution, declaring:
"...this organization shall be absolutely non-political and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles or for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment; and no candidate for or incumbent of a salaried elective public office shall hold any office in the American Legion or in any branch or post thereof."
(I encourage you to go to Wikipedia to read the entire source of information on this organization)
If you, or someone in your family or community is suffering from the aftermath of war; especially PTSD, The American Legion can help them. Do not hesitate to contact them, and make connections with them to get the help that is needed. Below is the website where you can make those connections.
Lastly, as a minister of the gospel; don't shut God out. Go to the Lord, and ask Him to help you to heal; then make the steps to move forward in that process. Cooperate with the Lord, and believe that He can restore you, and make you whole again. Read His word, talk to Him about what you've gone through, ask Him to heal your emotions, your mind, and your soul. Find a community of believer's who love the Lord, and will extend the compassion, and understanding you need.
It may take time, and allowing other's to come alongside you; and be the support you need right now. Making the step to contact this organization can be a great start to a road to recovery for you.