Why He Became a Murderer: Former Marine Kills 12 in Mass Shooting
Updated: Nov 9, 2018
Our hearts are absolutely broken for the families and victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Not only was this in our backyard, but it was Marine Corps veteran, Ian David Long, that committed this atrocity and murdered 12 people with a .45 caliber pistol. His actions are sickening to all of us that earned the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor and he is a traitor to all that we stand for as Marines and as Americans.
Why do so many veterans fail after their enlistment in the military? These are some of the bravest, most selfless and honorable men and women in the world, yet so many of them struggle to cope with day-to-day life after their service. Is it because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Maybe on the surface, but we here at Veteran Builders believe there is a deeper, less recognized reason for their struggles; a lack of purpose.
In the military, every single person has a specific purpose that benefits the greater good, keeps people alive, and aids in the protection of a nation. There is an overwhelming sense of pride and security in our existence because we believe, in our core, that we are serving something much bigger than ourselves.
Then, with the stroke of a pen, we’re out of the military and forced into a life that we know nothing about. Many of us lose our sense of belonging; we feel like we are empty and insignificant because the world doesn’t need us the way our team did. Most veterans later find significance in their career or becoming a parent, but there are those that never recover that feeling of fulfillment; those are the 40,000 men and women you see holding “Veteran, Please Help” signs on the corner of the street.
It is our mission to take these lost veterans and give them that sense of belonging again. To give them that sense of pride and purpose that they lost when they could no longer serve their nation, Veteran Builders builds care facilities, gives these warriors access to life-changing rehabilitation and coaching, and pairs them with other local non-profits in the community. We are mobilizing some of the most caring, selfless people in our nation for the greater good and saving their lives while doing it.
Had the Marine from last night found his purpose, maybe, just maybe, our hearts wouldn’t hurt so much today because it never would have happened.