Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation helps struggling veterans readjust to civilian life



By Kayla Gahagan

Just listening. Sometimes that’s the best thing you can offer a veteran facing the transition back to civilian life.

“Don’t be afraid to just listen to them,” said Jerry Derr, one of the organizers of the Sgt. Colton Levi Derr (SCLD) Foundation. “We need to give our veterans a place to go and a message.”

Derr’s message hits close to home. His son, Sgt. Colton Levi Derr suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colton Derr completed more than 500 combat missions during his tours. He committed suicide in April 2012 following his Afghanistan mission.

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