Liberty.me recently released this music video about soldiers and suicide. I first came across Daniel Somers suicide note sometime in 2013, not too long after his death (which he classifies as a mercy killing rather than suicide at one point). Daniel served over 400 combat missions in the early days of the 2003 Iraq War. His family has given permission to republish the note he left behind. While the entire letter is insightful, terrifying, and a heart-wrenching look into a suffering soul, the quote that stood out most to me was this:
You must not blame yourself. The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.
With this in mind, I encourage you to watch the video, read the letter, and pass it along to anyone considering joining the armed forces. There are incredibly important messages that need to be heard.
*WARNING* The video has some graphic footage, but it is necessary. War is too easy to stomach if you don’t see it for what it is.
Here’s the link again: Suicide Soldier