U.S. Vet to recount "Warrior's Story"

Published: October 06, 2014 | Author: Alex Homer | Read Time: 1 minutes

Tom Brewer, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, is coming to SUU as part of the Convocations Series on Tuesday, October 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall. Brewer is speaking on his war stories, one in which he was shot six times and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. His presentation is titled “Native American Heritage and Leadership: A Warrior’s Story.”

Brewer has been enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard since 1997. Brewer has served in multiple facets in the military included when he was selected to command the first task force to arrive in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. Brewer was also assigned as the Afghan Ministry of Interior Advisor for the Counter-Narcotics mission in Afghanistan in 2010. During this tour of duty, Brewer was severely wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade attached the vehicle he was traveling in. He spent two years in rehabilitation with every intention of returning to active duty but his wounds forced him into military retirement after 36 years of decorated service. Brewer has also run many marathons throughout his lifetime and is hoping to continue that hobby.

SUU Convocations is a year-round lecture series that gives students and the local community the opportunity to engage today's leaders, thinkers and innovators from across the glove in thoughtful discussion of profession and society.

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