VFW calls on members to do more to prevent Military Suicides but is SILENT about endless deployments
"Look [young troops and Vets] in the eye and say, everything is going to be alright." VFW Commander-in-Chief Glen M. Gardner Jr.
by Bob Hanafin, Staff Writer
In an open letter, VFW Commander-in-Chief Glen M. Gardner Jr. urging his 1.6 million members to help OEF/OIF veterans cope with the stresses of war but remained silent on one of the major causes of combat stress and suicide the never ending operations tempo of multiple deployments. Commander Gardner mentions that "after incurring 11 suicides since the beginning of the year, the 101st Airborne Division commander at Fort Campbell, Ky., ordered a three-day stand down of activities this week so that his soldiers could refocus on the mission of healing themselves and each other."
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