Taking Out The Trash…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Every Wednesday evening, I pull the trash can around the house to the street for pickup. Last Wednesday, I sat on my porch watching all my neighbors pull their trash down to the street to be picked up. As I watched each neighbor slowly drag their trash to the street, I went to pull my trash down as well. Actually, I went to tell my teenager to pull the trash to the street, but you get the idea. I sat back on my front porch looking at the trash cans lined down the street.

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The Unbelief…

By Debbie Terry

Today, I have a question for you. Who are you?

Some of you are thinking about your jobs as the definition of yourself; others of you are thinking about your kids as a way of defining yourself; more of you are thinking about the things you’ve done, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and probably trying to figure out how to describe yourself so you don’t come across as a monster; still others of you only see yourselves through the eyes of those who have spoken into your life, sometimes those who have spoken have not done so to build you up, but rather to correct something or to tear into you.

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I Am Not Ashamed…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

We have an entire month dedicated to mental health awareness, yet we lose more first responders to suicide than we do line of duty. We could all give our best educated guesses as to why we are losing so many to suicide. I could even give you my many thoughts on this, such as: stigma, lack of resources, lack of access to these resources, insurance that doesn’t want to cover treatment (West Virginia specifically), and financial inability to afford the few resources that are accessible.

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