Every hour in this country a veteran commits suicide. One man has made it his mission to bring awareness to what he calls an epidemic, and to raise money for the survivors.
Tom L'Italien is riding his ten speed bike from Arizona to Massachusetts. Tuesday he went through Altoona, and while he stopped here he told me why this cause is so important.
L'Italien is part of the Team Veteran Foundation. He's spoken with parent's who lost their son's to suicide. He says every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide. So June 21st L'Italien got out his ten speed bike, and started across country to make sure everyone knows how serious the issue is.
His slogan is "Support the Ride," and he wants to raise money for the survivors and awareness about the issue. On the road he's collected a cross from a veteran with PTSD, and another veteran's corporal stripes. And he carries something else with him too; a small scale model of the Statue of Responsibility.
A 300 foot version of soldiers clasping arms will be built on the west coast to complement the Statue of Liberty.
L'Italien will pedal up to State College and will eventually go through Scranton, New York and end up in Massachusetts.
You can visit the Team Veteran Foundation website to donate to the cause.
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