Most of you who will read this email, remember the day Islamic Terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York. Albeit 17 years ago, we recall in vivid detail where we were, what we were doing, and why America subsequently went to war in the Middle East. We will never forget the heroism of the first responders, the sacrifices they made, and the emotional trauma that haunts many, to this day. I have cycled with men and women who responded to ground zero, and their Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) is just as real, if not more, than servicemembers who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly though, the younger generations know little about the threat of terrorism.
We need to educate people and remind them of the events we witnessed first-hand, on September 11th, 2001. We must #NeverForget there are nations and religions that support America, and there are those who work to see our demise. The time is now to increase our support for the 22+ veterans (and first responders) who struggle with suicidal thoughts. Also, let us thank those who are in active service to our country. Lastly, as September is National Suicide Awareness Month and November marks the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day, please support Rabbi Jonathan in serving as a Chaplain this fall, by donating to http://messiahechad.org/give, annotating “Veteran Outreach”.
Details to come soon on the endurance cycling events on which Jonathan will be serving as a Chaplain. In the interim, never forget, thank a service-member, and give honor to all veterans or first responders you meet.