Thief River Falls Welcomes VFW Commander-in-ChiefThe Commander-in-chief of Veterans of Foreign Wars says right now, the suicide rate amongst veterans is a growing concern.
By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ
The Commander-in-chief of Veterans of Foreign Wars says right now, the suicide rate amongst veterans is a growing concern.
Today he made a visit in Thief River Falls.
Commander Thomas J. Tradewell said they do not have answer as to why the suicide rate is growing.
He said this is one of the reasons he has been touring the country the last 344 days.
He hopes to promote patriotism and remind communities the VFW is a resource for veterans. He understands many soldiers are coming back from extended tours overseas, but cannot grasp why someone would take their life. He said the VFW is here for support.
" Things would get so bad they'd actually do that? Between that and traumatic head injuries we want to make sure the soldiers are taken care of," said Commander Tradewell.
According to Tradewell, right now less than one percent of America is serving in the military. He hopes he stops will remind communities about patriotism.