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UTM student-soldier to speak on Iraq

UTM student Adam Roy of Jackson will speak about his experiences in Iraq at 4 p.m., April 11, in the UC Legislative Chambers.

Roy returned from the war last November, and he hopes to raise awareness for the troops and relate how his experiences at UTM have helped him, according to a press release.

While serving in the Army, Roy received the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. Since his tour of duty, Roy has been honorably discharged.

Roy was a member of the National Guard and was deployed during his 2004 spring semester at UTM. He toured for more than a year in Iraq beginning in November 2004.

Roy’s appearance is sponsored by the American Democracy Project. Dr. Mike McCullough, Chair of the ADP, says that the goal of the ADP is to inspire political and civic engagement on the part of all students at UTM.

According to McCullough, the event may or may not raise some controversy over the issues discussed.

“There are more students than a lot of us know that are affected by the war, and we’re hoping that this event will bring those people out for discussion and for conversation. This will be part of the American Democracy Project’s ongoing effort to keep our campus thinking about the important events and issues in our world.”