22 Veterans and 1 Robin Williams

Updated: August 12, 2014


By Kerry Patton

The moment news broke about the passing of Robin Williams, my heart dropped. The guy was a legend in the entertainment industry and a die-hard fan of the United States military. Interestingly, Mr. Williams succumbed to what 22 veterans each and every day fall victim to—suicide.

I remember seeing a YouTube meme floating around Facebook not long ago. It was Robin Williams doing a stand-up act in front of the troops. Still, every time I watch the video, for some reason, my eyes water with emotion. It shows how genuine the man really was.

How does one write anything about such a remarkable human being? I could go on about Mr. Williams’  battle against addiction. I could go on about his battles against depression. I could go on.

But I won’t go on about anything related to Robin Williams and his demons. It just wouldn’t be right.

If you are a veteran, just realize that Robin Williams loved each and every one of us. He spent significant amounts of his time to entertain each and every one of us. He didn’t need to do the things he did. He did it anyway purely out of love and admiration.

Mr. Williams allegedly left us through a self-inflicted wound—suicide. I will not go into details considering the investigation continues as I write. In the end, it doesn’t matter.

shutterstock_187801667What matters is Robin Williams allegedly took his own life. He was a young 63 year old man who did serve us—our nation, our brothers and sisters in arms. He put smiles on our faces during some of our most trying times.

Robin Williams, you will be missed. I only wish you had a Ranger Buddy to check in on you to see how you were coping with whatever it is that made you seal your own fate.

Make this a lesson for us all. Check your Ranger Buddy. See how they are doing. Twenty-two a day is too many veterans taking their own lives. I consider Robin Williams to be one of us even though he never wore the uniform. But he sure as hell did serve

When was the last time you checked on your battle buddy?





  1. JoeC

    August 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for not making this about how one celebrity died and everyone is crushed, but 22 vets die and nobody cares. I care about everyone of the 22 vets that commit suicide every day, but my life has not been directly impacted by any of them the way it has been by the work of Robin Williams. That is the same story most people have. We all care, but it’s hard to feel the same about someone you’ve never heard of as you feel about someone you’ve never met, but who has touched your life through his works.

  2. Omar

    August 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    god bless our troops.

  3. Eileen

    August 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Robin Williams served in the military and was one of you.

  4. Jason

    August 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I cried when Robin Williams died. He was not only a great actor, not only a great comedian, but also a great humanitarian, one who cares about the people he entertain.

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