Friday, August 15, 2014

For Robin Williams

We mourn his loss and affirm his life.
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"Farewell, Bright Spirit"

To our Soldier’s Heart community:

Our nation gathers in mourning when great people pass.  Yesterday the nation was shocked to hear the tragic news that Robin Williams had died, an apparent suicide.

Robin Williams was one of the most popular, beloved and influential actors of our generation.  He moved so many people to laughter and tears that we were all affected by his life and are moved by his death.

Mr. Williams was a special friend to the military and veterans.  He worked with the USO for over a decade, giving tours for the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and a total of 13 foreign countries.  He performed before 90,000 troops, helping relieve their burdens and reminding them that they are not forgotten.

We all mourn the loss of Robin Williams. With his inspiring human spirit and empathy, he was able to identify with and express so many issues painfully close to many veterans, such as homelessness, single parenthood, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.  We know that his life and work are relevant to us all.

If you are struggling with this, we hope you know you're not alone.  Let us take inspiration from this loss.  So smart, clever, funny on the surface, his death reminds us of the deep hidden wounds we all carry, and the damage they can do if not tended.

We continue and strengthen our commitment at Soldier’s Heart to tend the invisible wounds of war and service.  We take inspiration from all Robin Williams accomplished and vow to continue life-affirming service.  You are not alone in your sorrow.  Bless Robin Williams.  Bless us all.

Photo credit: "Robin Williams" by Photographer's Mate Airman Milosz Reterski - Navy NewsStand. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.  
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