FORT HOOD, TX — Hundreds of soldiers attended an event aiming to connect soldiers and veterans who may be struggling with emotional and physical injuries.
Operation Warrior Call asks service men and women to commit to calling a fellow soldier weekly to ensure they are well.
“We put the responsibility of making sit-reps, making a phone call. Putting it back on the soldiers, marines, airmen themselves to reach out to their battle buddies. Not just the guys they know real well, but guys they served with,” said Rick Kell, of Feherty’s Troops First.
The scars of war sustained through multiple deployments can be long lasting. With startling numbers of veterans taking their own lives, the group looked to take a different approach to dealing with the issue.
“They were one of the first organizations when I left the hospital when I was going through my recovery,” said Master Sgt. Leroy Petry. He was able to break through isolation through the help of open communication.
“From the time we’re born, to the time we’re in the grave, we’re never alone in this world. There’s always somebody to support us. For us to lean on,” said Petry.
Battleforged Nation is an organization working in tandem with Feherty’s Troops First.
“We’re the ones that knock on the front door to help them,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Hosea, Battleforged Nation. When a person thinks a soldier or veteran is in need, they can contact the organization. Volunteers then head to their home to see how they can help.
“We have to end this crisis,” said Hosea.