VFW chaplain leans on his alma mater to aid fellow veterans

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Marshall “Doc” Leary, a chaplain with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1634, used picture day Monday at Skyview High School to help the football team get the big picture on struggle of veterans returning home following combat.

Leary, 45, a medically retired army medic and proud 1989 Skyview graduate, talked to uniformed players after they had posed for team pictures. Leary briefly discussed VFW efforts to help returning veterans with PTSD and other combat-related conditions — sometimes as simple as listening.

Leary told the players he was grateful they have taken up the 22 Pushup Challenge, which honors men and women serving in the military and raises awareness for veteran suicide prevention. Across the nation, an average of 22 veterans a day die by suicide.

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