“Take a Veteran to School Day” event to feature State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Keller High School alumnus and retired U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Washam
FORT WORTH, Texas – Charter Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: CHTR), HISTORY and the students of Keller Middle School will show appreciation for local veterans with a “Take a Veteran to School Day” event featuring an appearance from State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione and keynote address from Sgt. Joe Washam, a U.S. Army veteran and 1998 graduate of Keller High School.
Dozens of local veterans from all branches of the military are expected to participate in the Veterans Day event that will combine musical performances and other tributes for those who have served in the armed forces. The program is scheduled for 2:45 p.m., Nov. 11, at Keller Middle School, 300 College Ave., in Keller.
“Take a Veteran to School Day” is a national program developed by HISTORY to link veterans with students nationwide. From class visits to school assemblies, these events provide a way for students to learn more about the history of Veterans Day. Inviting veterans to share their stories connects generations while helping young people learn about the past.
Charter Communications teamed with HISTORY to add Keller Independent School District’s Keller Middle School to the list of thousands of schools in all 50 states participating in the “Take a Veteran to School Day” program this year.
During his service with the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Washam served as an infantryman. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq where he assisted in the search for weapons of mass destruction. On April 26, 2004, he was severely wounded in an explosion at a suspected chemical weapons site in Baghdad, suffering a shrapnel wound and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body. He was hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center for 20 months, and he was awarded the Purple Heart on his 24th birthday.
Washam will share his personal experiences with students as he discusses the important purpose of Veterans Day – honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Rep. Capriglione, R-Southlake, will also address the students on the significance of Veterans Day. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012 and is serving his second term representing District 98, which encompasses all or part of Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Westlake, North Fort Worth and Haslet.
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Brian Anderson, Charter Communications
Bryce Nieman, Keller ISD