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Wounded Warrior Fellow Sgt. Chris Sullivan to speak at Pre-Veterans Day event

Released: 10/25/2011

Sgt. Chris Sullivan, Wounded Warrior Fellow, will be the featured speaker at a Pre-Veterans Day event at Louisiana State University at Alexandria at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Brumfield Caffey Annex. The event is offered by the university’s Veterans Support Committee and is free and open to the public.

Sullivan served as a Sergeant in the 256th Infantry Brigade, LA Army National Guard. He was left paralyzed on May 21, 2005, after a sniper bullet severed his spine during a mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Just 22 at the time, Sullivan was treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and then rehabbed in the San Antonio Veterans Affairs Medical Center before finally returned to Louisiana. A peer partner for the Dallas and San Antonio Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Sullivan mentors veterans facing life changing injuries. A National Veterans Wheelchair Games silver medalist in snow skiing, he has managed to adapt to life after his injury and is an example to fellow vets facing similar circumstances. Working in the district office of Rep. Rodney Alexander, Sullivan does veterans’ case work and outreach to newly returned veterans and servicemen and women about to deploy. The purpose of the Pre-Veterans Day program is to recognize LSUA veteran students and their families. For more information about the Pre-Veterans Day event or about the LSUA Veterans Support Committee, contact Bob Tillie at 318-473-6561 or at rtillie@lsua.edu.