The Fundraising Page of Rachel Edwards
A Message From Rachel Edwards
I never knew that suicide would play such a huge role in my life until I was 24. Then my brother and father committed suicide within 3 weeks of eachother. My life then turned upside down and I couldn't seem to get to the surface, I was drowning in sorrow for my loved ones... Then slowly an ex boyfriend from high school reentered my life. At this time he was in the Army, and I a single mom of 3 young children. This man became the only person I could truly smile for, when we were together we didn't talk about the turmoil in our own lives. I didn't want to know his struggles of being deployed, or even think about him not coming home. I was blissfully ignorant... Years later, after 10 years in the Army with medical discharge in process , and a fresh divorce, he came to me for comfort. Not knowing too much about what he had been through I was there. I then realized that it didn't matter. He needed me and I am here. The transition from military life with 3 tours to the civilian world was not what it was supposed to be. I am here to let him know that he has a reason to fight every morning to get out of bed and face the demons. I have been here to take the gun out of his hands and hold him in my arms.
I am ever so grateful to the men and women who serve our country and give more than they have. I simply just want to give my love, attention, and time. Society is so consumed with what people are doing in the media without seeing what is really happening. 22 Veterans a day! By their own hand! This is a problem, and I want to be here to give my love and help bring awareness. Show love and honor, help out more than buying a meal. Give your time and heart.