SAN DIEGO — Former Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday the creation of a foundation to help veterans make the transition to civilian life.
The Three Wise Men Foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems facing veterans returning from war, and provide direct support to organizations and programs that ease the changeover to civilian life.
The foundation is named for brothers Jeremy, Ben and Beau Wise, who are Fletcher’s cousins. Jeremy and Ben were killed in action in Afghanistan, while Ben remains on active duty in the Marine Corps.
“It’s a tragedy that … as many as 50 veterans kill themselves every day in America, often as a result of untreated psychological trauma inflicted by combat,” said Fletcher, a former Marine who served in combat in Iraq. “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.”
Fletcher said the foundation plans to hold its inaugural event Oct. 18 aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Other activities are being planned around the country for Veterans Day.