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Posted on Sep 30, 2020
Chris Meek
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Chris Meek wrote, "According to research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, if individuals feel comfortable with their surroundings and feel a sense of belonging they are more likely to place a greater emphasis on maintaining overall health."
These are hollow words when Rally Point allows cyber-bullying by admin, rather than addressing issues in a helpful way. VA sends veterans to this site to deal with PTSD, depression, stress management and other issues because of the camaraderie that the VA financially supports this site to provide. When administrator SSG (Join to see) was told of the harm his actions are doing to veterans his response showed me disregard for the important subject brought up by this thread. When experts in various fields explain how he is wrong, he takes a defensive attitude, instead of apologizing for his egregious errors and learning from his mistakes. Obviously RP admin needs some training in the area of suicide prevention. Any member of admin who continues to harm veterans through their cyber-bullying should immediately resign their position, and perhaps even be permanently barred from Rally Point as a step towards suicide prevention. But NO, from my seat in the peanut gallery it appears rather than removing offending members, they stick together to perpetuate the problem. To demonstrate this, I am tagging members of admin. That way you can see if they jump in to defend or justify the behaviors of Dickhoff, rather than removing a festering sore from this site. I suggest that listed members of admin that refuse to police admin itself, should also resign and be replaced by individuals that more accurately reflect the make-up of the RP Community -- such as gender, branch of service, active duty, civilians, military retirees and other veterans. Remove those members of admin that have their names listed but do nothing at all and replace them with qualified individuals with advance degrees that put them in position to help with suicide prevention, such as SPC Nancy Greene, rather than exacerbating the problem.
LTC Kevin B. SGT Ben Keen SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" LTC (Join to see) SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA CSM David Heidke CPT Laurie D. CMSgt Mark Schubert SrA Edward Vong SFC (Join to see) PO3 Bob McCord SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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PO3 Bob McCord
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Thanks Robert. It's been nice knowing you. But you are right.
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SGT Robert Pryor
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SFC (Join to see) - You are one of most conscientious members of admin and one of my go-to sources on all things active duty related. So my post was certainly a not a shot at you. It was a cry for help. If there were more members of admin like you, SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" and a couple of others, this problem wouldn't exist. Attached is a screen shot showing an example of what is happening. Also, a major thread that was trashed can be seen at the below link. Take particular note of how paid professionals in the field of law enforcement, psychology and veterans affairs pointed out the harm SSG (Join to see)'s actions and comments were doing. Yet he has refused to make a public apology, remove his silly downvotes that appear to be contrary to the purpose of downvotes. I know I have to be quicker at taking screen shots because some offending posts by admin have been altered after the harm was done or suddenly disappeared entirely. Fortunately, many members are now taking screen shots or making other records of the demonstrated callous disregard for veterans and service members experiencing PTSD and showing signs of depression and/or suicidal ideations. Members such has Cynthia Croft, Walter Craig and PO3 Phyllis Maynard, and perhaps others, have been suspended from this sight for confronting certain members of admin over the harm they are doing to the most vulnerable veterans. Perhaps they were technically suspended for offensive language or things perceived to be threatening, but if that was they case, you have to ask yourself if they may have lost their composure over their frustrations with Rally Point's failure to correct this problem. When it comes to suicide prevention, Rally Point's guiding principle should be: "Primum non nocere," which means "first, do no harm."
https://www.rallypoint.com/status-updates/6040219
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SGT Robert Pryor
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PO3 Bob McCord - Lovin' it! Hey, you have my email address. We won't let a third party's incompetence come between us. You and I will continue the fight to protect veterans from the scourge of suicide and depression, even when others demonstrate a total disregard for this just cause.
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PO3 Bob McCord
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Nope!
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SPC Nancy Greene
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Chris Meek, I commend you for providing this information and definitely agree with increasing awareness and education. I would also add the connection between PTSD and suicide is a pertinent point in this discussion. In addition, cyber bullying can be more detrimental in some cases...I think SGT Robert Pryor, PO3 Bob McCord, SP5 Jim Curry, PO3 Phyllis Maynard, SPC Randy Zimmerman, and many others might have comments on this topic.
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SPC Nancy Greene
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Glad things got better for you Bob!PO3 Bob McCord
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
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SPC Nancy Greene - I think it eventually did for most of us. But it took a lot of time and not being very nice to a lot of people for a few years.
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It is truly amazing how many RP members who have different opinions will respond in a caustic manner. I come here for the camaraderie and good banter. Those without the requisite decorum, I just don't have time for and would rather just block them.
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SP5 Jim Curry
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We need some of his guidance for this site...
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I have responded in kind before; one death is one death too many.
Chris Meek
The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is the following: [login to see] .
Please, kindly, press the Number One (1) for: Active Duty troops; and, for Veterans.
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