Frosty Drops a Frag on Veteran Groups
Midnight_Frosty Monday, September 16, 2019
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I want to start by pointing out that I am fairly new to this side of the veteran community, and to be more specific DV Radio. By that I mean an active part of a podcast, page, group, etc. I’ve been following for quite a while, with occasional comments, snide remarks and those kinds of things. Overall, I’ve mostly just been following along. Over the last year or so I have been slowly pulled behind the scenes to help with a few projects here and there. Now more frequently, which I am enjoying the things I am being asked to do.
One of the tasks I was recently given was to do a more in-depth preview of several podcasts to see if they might fit into this community. I also looked at this as an opportunity to see what some of the other shows were doing so I could help keep the show I was asked to be a part of from being the same as all the others. The concept was different, but I wanted to help steer us away from the same topics that were being beat to death on all the other shows.
As I listened to a couple of more recent shows from one of these podcasts, I wasn’t really impressed. It was a little dry and didn’t really pique my interest. After my initial report on them I was asked to try listening to a couple more before I gave my final review. Since it was a fairly new podcast, I decided to go back to their first show to get a better read on them. By the end of the second episode I was hooked and could see they were filling a niche in the veteran community that I hadn’t really noticed before. They help to provide an outlet for those that choose to open up publicly while looking for help. They do this by talking about their own struggles and by working to help others that want to call in to the show.
During one of the shows, the hosts pointed out that almost ALL the various veteran groups have a similar goal whether directly or indirectly: to help our fellow veterans which in turn will help reduce the number of veteran suicides. They also pointed out that no one group can do this on their own. It’s going to take all of us working together to make that happen: from the big multi-million dollar organization down to the social media page with a couple dozen followers.
As I have been pulled into the fold, I have been noticing more and more how the various veteran groups like to tear each other down. Not in the good-natured sibling rivalry way that veterans have between the branches of service, but in a malicious way. Literally pushing ill will and spreading rumors (I have to call them rumors with out seeing any proof myself), and doing other things to try and make the other groups to fail. Some of these people even come from or were helped along the way by the groups they are now trying to destroy. Why is this?
We as a veteran community as a whole need to stop looking at each other as competition and work together in this fight. One way to look at all the different groups and organizations out there is to consider them like they are the different branches of service and their respective units. Each one has their specific overall purpose and mission. Yes, there is some overlap, but we all make up different parts of the team to fulfil the mission. You have some groups that use dark humor; some promote activities; some that provide resources; others use sunshine, rainbows, and unicorn farts. It’s going to take all types of organizations and groups to reach and help as many veterans as we can.
You may not agree with a groups approach, philosophy, or what not, but if it helps save just one veteran, I consider it successful. Maybe it’s that meme that catches someone just right that day. Maybe it’s someone from a group reaching out to another brother or sister that they haven’t seen or heard from in a while. Maybe it is that shirt with a message you may not approve of but helps that one veteran feel confident enough to go out and face the world. Maybe it’s that post to a group that leads you to a service animal that assists you in your daily activities. Maybe it’s how that page or podcast is therapy for that host or admin.
I’m not saying we can’t have that sibling rivalry with other veteran pages and groups, we just need to stop trying to take each other out. I’ve heard it said many times before… We are our own worst enemy. This self-destruction in the veteran community needs to stop. You don’t need to like the people, group, podcast, methods, etc., but as veterans we should ALL respect the mission. Maybe if we come together, or at least not tear ourselves apart, we can help reach those goals to help all veterans and get that number of 22 a day down to zero.
Article written by: Midnight_Frosty - DV Radio's frozen bowl of vanilla goodness.
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