A 31 year old veteran committed suicide Tuesday outside Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was a member of the 10th Mountain Family – he had served two tours in Iraq in his early twenties. The veteran’s name – Sean Alexander Dacus.
Sean’s funeral service is tomorrow, Saturday, at 2 PM at the Amundson Funeral Home. You can view Sean’s obituary and sign his guestbook here. I hope every single person who reads this blog will write an entry in Sean’s guestbook thanking him for his service and offering condolences to his family. I also hope those of you on Facebook will pay your respects on the memorial page created in his memory.
When you are done, email Congressman Berg and Senators Conrad and Hoeven (I have linked their email contact forms here for your ease). Tell them that the travesty of veteran suicide is one that you demand they address. Remind them that the data shows that there are 18 veteran suicides a day – EVERY DAY. Tell them that veterans need more services to address the trauma of war…that our veterans deserve better.
Sean was a young man that served our country honorably and he had his whole life ahead of him. His loss is an unacceptable one.
I am the mother of a 10th Mountain disabled veteran. I know some of the traumas these soldiers have suffered. I understand why they are anguished. I have heard the stories of many veterans over the past year and I have become sickened by the neglect they have suffered at the hands of their government. I have become outraged as one veteran suicide after another receives only a passing blurb from legislators and government about the fact that we need to do more for veterans.
Tomorrow it could be your son or daughter…your spouse…your father or mother…your brother or sister…your uncle or aunt…your cousin…your friend…your high school buddy…your colleague. Tomorrow 18 familes will lose a veteran to suicide.
Please use your voice and your vote to help stop this epidemic. Visit my Veteran Suicides – America’s Shame blog site or visit the Veteran Suicides Facebook page for more information on this topic. Don’t let another day pass without taking a stand on the need for more comprehensive veteran services…the bodies are piling up, as are the broken hearts.
Thank you for your service Sean…may you rest in peace.
Day eight hundred and seventy-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da