A Lifesaving Golf Date With His Dad
After four deployments to Iraq, this veteran nearly ended it all. What stopped him? The most ordinary diversion imaginable.
HE TOLD ME he’d once contemplated suicide. He wasn’t one to open up about himself like that. He could tell a great joke and loved talking about hunting, but forget about anything more personal than that. He’d been a student of mine the year before, and after he’d finished the veteran reintegration class I teach at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, we kept in touch. We’re about the same age, and he and I both have young kids, so I saw him more as a peer than as a student.