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Former Assemblyman Fletcher starts foundation for war veterans

Former State Assemblyman and Marine veteran Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday the launch of the Three Wise Men Foundation.

The foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems facing U.S. veterans returning from war. The foundation will provide direct support to organizations and programs that help veterans transition from combat to civilian life.

“It’s a tragedy that between as many as 50 veterans kill themselves every day in America, often as a result of untreated psychological trauma inflicted by combat,” Fletcher said. “If we truly honor those who gave their last full measure of devotion, it's our duty to ensure that those who survive combat can also survive the transition home.”

The first event of the Three Wise Men Foundation will be held on the deck of the USS Midway Museum on Oct. 18, followed by similar events nationwide on Veterans Day weekend.

Proceeds from the events will directly benefit returning veterans by providing access to the help and services they need to help address suicide among veterans.

The Three Wise Men Foundation is named in honor of Fletcher’s cousins Jeremy, Ben and Beau Wise. Jeremy and Ben were both killed in action in Afghanistan. Ben remains on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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