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 Purple Heart Recipient Remains True to SRU While Serving in Iraq 

 

SPOTLIGHT

October 11, 2004

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854; gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

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PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT REMAINS TRUE TO SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

WHILE SERVING IN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN IRAQ

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Army National Guardsman Larry D. Vogel, of Slippery Rock, is a Purple Heart recipient who loves his family, country and Slippery Rock University. When the former SRU student left Sunday for a second tour of duty in Iraq, he traveled with a sign of affection for the university – videotapes of the team’s football games.

Athletic Director Paul Lueken is providing videotapes of the entire ’04 season so Vogel can keep tabs on the team. Vogel came to campus last week to pick up the first three tapes. His father will mail the rest.

"It's our pleasure to be able to provide Rock football game tapes so they can be shared with our men and women serving our country in Iraq,” Lueken said.

“I really enjoy watching football,” said Vogel, a member of the New Castle-based 28th Battalion of the Army National Guard. “I was going to school here, so it was a great opportunity for me to watch a local team, especially one I like so much.”

I am definitely proud of him,” his father, Larry J.Vogel, said. “We’re just trying to give him and the others all the support we can to let them know they are appreciated. Slippery Rock University has been very supportive, and it’s highly appreciated.”

 Vogel attended SRU in 2003 and plans to return after the Army to complete a degree in environmental and safety management.

The national guardsman was activated and sent to Iraq in February. The artillerist was shot in the hand.

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