As we sit on the eve on Christmas, my mind goes to those that, for one reason or another, can not be with their loved ones this year.
Living the ADF life takes a toll on all of us, and some succumb to the darkness in their mind. It’s a sad, but true, fact of ADF life.
I’ve always considered my self to be one of the fortunate ones. Whatever PTSD that I do have, doesn’t control my daily life. I’ve been fortunate enough to forge a living of my own after leaving the Army and my body has remained relativity intact.
Sure, I have my issues. My mood can be all over the place. I can get angry without any external influence. I’m also prone to plucking my beard when under stress.
But, these things pale in comparison with many others face day to day. Depression, drug and alcohol dependency, anxiety, PTSD and a cocktail of various other conditions are a day to day reality for many.
I’ve lost too many brothers due to the impacts of time served, so much so that it brings a tear to my eye thinking about it.
And I know that at this time of year, there are those who are alone, without any light in their life.
And that’s why it’s important, nee vital, to have things such as the Red Six App to keep us all connected and ensure that those that need help, get it.
It can be fucking hard to ask for help, I know, I’ve been there. I still am in some ways, having chosen to go it alone instead of dealing with the endless bullshit of the DVA.
So, to have something such as this app to be able to quickly and easily let everyone know what mood you’re in and whether you need support is such an important thing.
It seems that in this day and age, there is no shortage of people speaking out about the hardships of our veterans. The way they are treated is beyond disgraceful and is something that I’ll talk about another time.
However, there are very few that will put words into action. It’s a much harder ask to step up and do something instead of just saying it, and this is where the Rex Six team stands out. They understand veterans, because they are veterans. The know what’s needed and are willing to do the work to get there.
We could learn a thing or two from this team and that’s why I’m proud to support them in their work. Sure, writing a blog post might not seem like a big thing, but I only need one person to read this and get connected on Red Six for it to be worthwhile.
Not all change needs to be big, but all change starts with a choice.
I wish, nearly every day, that the brothers I lost would have had access to this app before their passing. I wish they were still here, as much as they’d likely piss me off! I wish, ironically, that we didn’t need an app to stop veterans taking their own lives.
But, when those responsible won’t stand up and take action, it falls on us to look after our own. There is simply nothing else for it.
So, what can you do to support Red Six?
Well, if you’re a veteran and haven’t connected yet, then do so. I’m on there and happy to connect with you.
If you’re not a veteran, then you can support them by buying their merchandise and spreading the word.
The more people know about services like this, the more lives we are going to save.
Because at the end of the day, I want every veteran to wake up on Christmas morning and have something to look forward too, just like the rest of us.
We owe them that.
One of the hardest things we have to do as veterans is face our own reality. Sometimes its easier to avoid it, brush it aside and treat it like it’s a small thing.
But it always comes back to smack us across the face.
We need to strand strong, band together and guide each other through the darkness.
And, one way we can do that is make sure we are Reppin’ the Six.
“til next time….. Cheers!