Compared to the U.S. population, both deployed and non-deployed Veterans had a higher risk of suicide. The Armed Services Arts Partnership, or ASAP, is a non-profit organization working to bring that number down through comedy and other artistic endeavors that build confidence and a sense of community.
"“One of the most important things I learned was to rely on other people,” Clark said. “I know it’s hard for some people to rely on others. I also learned you have to be able to rely on yourself and your training."
Before overseeing over 300 buses, bus operators and making sure nearly 14,000 students make it safely to and from Bossier Parish schools, retired Lt. Col. David Hadden served in the United States Air Force.
He credits Grambling State University prepared Coward for success in his various military occupations, from when he was a logistics officer, where he organized the first deployment and distribution flight to now, as the director of inspections, organizing readiness exercises.
"Best decision I made in my life," Johnson said. "I’ve been able to do all types of humanitarian projects in Africa and Japan. To be able to touch so many lives was the best part of service for me, as well as being able to protect my family here at home.”
Overton Brooks VA Hospital states Williams has several accolades and has been merited awards including the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Many of us love to watch military homecoming videos, especially those surprising family members around the holidays. A unique program at Barksdale Air Force Base makes that possible for Airmen stationed there.
“It’s a really unique experience," Arnold said. "We will be deploying later this year, so we get to represent your nation on a worldwide scale as a fighting arms unit. You also get to be the helping hands in your community whenever someone needs something. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
As Hurricane Laura barreled towards Louisiana, airmen with the 26th Operational Weather Squadron were hard at work to ensure around-the-clock forecasts, flight weather briefings and weather advisories, watches and warnings.
“It feels good because it just kind of confirms you are giving back to your country that has done so much for you,” Tucker said. “You get to launch these B-52′s to go out and whether they are flying out or are on training missions, you are serving your country in a good way.”