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Humana, Ahold, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation Team Up to Bring Students and Veterans Together for “Walk With a Veteran” Event

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Over two-hundred middle-school students will team up with local Veterans while touring the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle on Thursday, September 14 for a “Walk With a Veteran” program.  The students will spend the day at the Center with the Veterans exploring the mile-long Army Heritage Trail, learning about the history of our nation and the men and women who served in the military in times of war and adversity.

“There’s no better way to learn about history than from the people who lived through it,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “The exhibits at USAHEC provide the perfect backdrop for Veterans to share their stories of service and sacrifice.”

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is hosting the program with the tremendous support of our sponsors.  Humana is the premier sponsor for the event.  “Humana approached us about doing something for Veterans and local youths,” Hawks says.  “This event grew out of that conversation.”  Ahold is also sponsoring the event, providing lunch for the students and Veterans.

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will feature Mr. Don McClarren who served on the USS Pueblo when the ship was boarded and seized by North Korean forces in January of 1968.  Along with 82 crewmates, he endured months of brutal captivity as a POW while North Korea attempted to extract confessions from the crew and political concessions from the United States. McClarren and his shipmates were freed after 11 months, but the USS Pueblo remains in North Korean hands.  McClarren’s story is a reminder that no matter where or when one serves, military service carries considerable risk.

For more information about this program, please contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org

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