Pierpont’s Advance Technology Center welcomed veterans and active military personnel to enjoy an afternoon of comraderie with one another as the campus hosted ‘Sharing Stories of Service’ luncheon.
This year’s luncheon recognized female veterans during National Women’s History Month for their service and dedication.
“It is very important for everyone to adknowledge veterans male or female here and everywhere. So, I’m so excited I get to be a part of working with the veterans on a daily basis and that I’m lucky enough to get to do stuff like.” said Jonetta Collins, PT&TC veteran affairs representative.
The event’s guest speaker was Marion County native Addie Collins Zinone, who spoke on her time serving both in the battlefield and on TV as a combat journalist.
“It’s an honor to come back here and sort of share my story of service. My unique perspective on the war, covering it as a journalist, but also being a journalist in the civilian world and how those two worlds compliment each other, but also sometimes there is a massive contrast and I just love being amongst fellow veterans who understand what it means to serve.” said Addie Collins Zinone, former broadcast journalist, US Army war correspondent, and Senior Communications Specialist for the United Service Organization.
Zinone served 14 years in the US Army Reserve with two tours of duty in Iraq.