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Lewis County High School Welcomes Veterans

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Students at Lewis County High School gathered in the school's auditorium Tuesday morning for "Take A Veteran To School Day". The annual event brings veterans to schools around the country to share their point of view about the military, and what they dealt with and learned during their service.

"What we're doing is trying to acquaint them with what our experiences were and maybe encourage them to be a little more patriotic and just giving them some basic information, its really what we're doing," said veteran Joseph Fidler, who was one of four veterans speaking on Tuesday morning.

Some of the veterans on stage Tuesday had seen combat while serving, others did not. But they all agreed they shared one thing in common, and that was their willingness to volunteer to serve their country. The military may not be for everyone, but Fidler said volunteering to help the country and community is still important.

"Most of the things that get done are not done by government or big government. They're done by people who are interested in their fellow man and woman, and go out of their way to help," said Fidler.

Local cable provider Shentel partnered with the History Channel to make Lewis County High School one of only six schools around the state to participate. Shentel's Director of Operations West Tony Barlage said the event is more than just sharing experiences. It may also help kids to find a path of their own.

"It can get them schooling, it can get them into a career they like and actually, they could go in for a single tour and they could come out and take the skills that they learned in the military into private business," said Barlage.

For more information on "Take A Veteran to School Day", click here