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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Another reason to end this war

Army: soldier suicide rate may set record again

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 55 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars.

As of the end of August, there were 62 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers and Guard and Reserve troops called to active duty, officials said. Another 31 deaths appear to be suicides but are still being investigated.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/military_suicides

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They need to do what they used to do in the olden days. Send the leader in on the front lines

I've seen it suggested that almost three times the number of veterans have killed themselves as the number killed in action.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2007/11/13/cbs-early-show-veteran-suicide-rates-shockingly-high
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13/cbsnews_investigates/main3496471.shtml

One soldier dying is one too many, but this is ridiculous.

Today I was at the local Christian bookstore, and they're doing a Bibles for the Troops drive, so I bought one, and the cashier asked me to write a note of encouragement on the inside.

I had to forcibly stop myself from saying: Please don't come home in a box. Please stay alive.

Instead I promised our family would pray for the person who recieved the Bible, that they would stay safe.

I feel so damn helpless.