It’s well-known that many military veterans returning from combat suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that disrupts their lives and the lives of their families and friends — and leads to increased suicide rates. G48MNE7G5V5E
My tai chi teacher in Ashland, Oregon, Gene Burnett, is a talented musician and songwriter who recently released a collaborative video featuring his song “If There Was a Wall” that draws attention primarily to the struggles of Vietnam veterans, but also to those of all combat veterans.
My family members who have served in the U.S. military:
- My grandfather, John Soares, fought in France with the army in World War One. He had immigrated to the United States from the Azores Islands (Portugal) a few years earlier.
- My father, John Severin Soares, served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War Two.
- My oldest brother, Eric Soares, served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during and after the Vietnam War.
- My niece, Kasey Brown, currently serves in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Bainbridge.
To all who have served in the military: Thank You.