Companion of the Sorrowful, our hearts ache for all the young war veterans who have committed suicide; may they rest in peace. Be with their loved ones; may they experience the healing balm you offer in response to all our troubles.

Fact: The Number of young veterans committing suicide jumped dramatically from 2009 to 2011. According to Veterans Affairs officials, 22 male veterans a day under 30 years of age take their own lives. There was an increase of 11% in the suicide rate of female veterans over the same time span. Overall, suicide rates for all veterans remain significantly above their civilian counterparts. (Stars and Stripes)

Fountain of Mercy, guide and direct those working with soldiers who having trouble readjusting to civilian life or who are dealing with combat injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. May they be conduits of your healing balm.

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