This year, 49,000 to 69,000 veterans will return from overseas.

Many will come right to our area.

I don’t want them to go through the torment that I did.

I felt like I had come home from the hell of the Korean War to the hell of civilian life.

The last thing I wanted to do was seek counseling from a mental health professional.

I reached the point, though, that I just didn’t care. I wanted to end it all.

Instead, I called Veterans Affairs in Houston.

That one call turned my life around 180 degrees. I hope the returning veterans will do likewise.

Call now. Don’t wait until you reach the end.

I repeat, call right now!

You’ll never regret it. A friend came back from Iraq and finally called.

He and I are both living good lives today and so can other returning veterans.

Hardie Matthews

Pasadena

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