Thankful to Serve – Iraq War Veteran Calls on Others to Visit Schools

Nov. 24, 2010 | By chad.holmes
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Iraq War Veteran, and former Captain in the 82d Airborne Division, United States Army, Koby J. Langley visits with a 3rd Grade Class from Kings Park Elementary School in Virginia. Mr. Langley is the Special Advisor to John R. Campbell, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy.  Ms. Kimberly Francis, invited Mr. Langley to share his stories with the class.  Last year, after visiting with the President and First lady with the History Channel on Veterans Day, Langley made a pledge to volunteer to spend every Veterans Day sharing the stories of the importance of honoring our men and women in uniform with school children and penned an Op-Ed about how the experience can be as rewarding for the Veteran as the “lesson” is for the children.  He hopes other Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will take up the cause and calling of the First Lady and use Veterans Day as a national day of service. "Veterans Day is a perfect opportunity to educate our Nation's youth about the importance of service and sacrifice, and help bridge the gap between the 1% who have served, and the rest of our citizens." said Langley.  "Every Veteran in America should make Veterans Day a day on, and support the History Channel's initiative to take vet to school and educate the next generation of Americas leaders."  As Thanksgiving approaches, we should all be thankful that we have an opportunity to continue to serve.