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Student alumni group gathering veterans to tell stories

10/26/2012

By ABBY BELDEN

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.net

Every veteran has a story to tell.

Four veterans will have an opportunity to share their stories and experiences Thursday as members of a panel discussion, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Communications Hall in the Robbins Center on Fort Hays State University's campus.

Tigers4Life, the FHSU student alumni association, is sponsoring the event Veterans' Stories.

Marina Neira, president of Tigers4Life, said the speakers will share their experiences of war and discuss transitions they faced.

"They are excited for the opportunity to tell their story," said Charlene Nichols, Tigers4Life organization adviser.

She said the panelists have ties to FHSU, whether they are alumni or are continuing their education.

The panelists participating in the event are Arris Johnson, a World War II veteran and FHSU alum, Larry Thurlow, a Vietnam War veteran and FHSU alum, Tyler Hayes, a current student who has seen many recent conflicts, and Spec. Sgt. Michelle Sack, a former student who now serves as the Kansas Army National Guard recruiting and retention non-commissioned officer.

Nichols said the event will be moderated by Larry Dreiling, a journalist and FHSU alum.

She said the panel will be asked questions, and the audience can submit questions to the panel.

"We want to cover as many topics as we can, so instead of being a totally open forum of asking questions, we are going to steer the conversation to cover as much as we can," she said.

The veterans also will bring some memorabilia to the panel event.

Nichols said there will be light refreshments and snacks served at the event.

The event is free and open to the public.

"I just want this to be a way to honor all of the former and current veterans on our campus," Nichols said.