Oct. 26, 2009
During the Luther College homecoming football game Oct. 2, the flag flying in the background was one that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.
Leonard L. Boswell, Congressman from the third congressional district of Iowa, requested the flag in recognition of Luther’s veterans and veteran organizations, such as Leave No Veteran Behind.
Leave No Veteran Behind, founded by Luther graduates Eli Williamson and Roy Brown, is a nonprofit service run by veterans that works to relieve the educational debt of veterans who are serving and have served in the U.S. Military.
The service works with professional veterans organizations, other nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and religious social service groups to give veterans a chance to remove their debt and use their skills to assist people in their communities and country.
Williamson, a native of Chicago, joined the U.S. Army Reserve during college and was assigned to the 389th Engineering Battalion. He has since been a member of the active duty Army and the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brown, also a native of Chicago, completed eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve 389th Heavy Engineering company where he became a non-commissioned officer. In 2003, he completed a year and a half long combat tour in Iraq.
For more information on Leave No Veteran Behind, see the website at http://www.leavenoveteranbehind.org/.