Bernard Coffey frequently drives the 22 miles from Naperville to the Edward Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Maywood, shuttling fellow veterans for much-needed services.
He’s never walked the route, until Tuesday.
Coffey and three others left Naperville at 6:30 a.m. bound for Hines VA Hospital to raise the awareness for what they say are an “alarming” number of veterans and military personnel who take their own lives.
“Daily 22 or more veterans per day commit suicide,” Coffey said. “We want to bring that number down, and let veterans know that we’re here to support (them).”
A U.S. Navy veteran, Coffey heads up the Naperville-based Bernard Coffey Veterans Foundation, which he organized to provide an array of support services, including resources for returning vets, assistance for those with post traumatic stress disorder and residential help for homeless veterans and military. He also hosts “The Veterans Show,” a weekly radio program that airs from 3:30 to …