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War Veteran Finally Accepts Honors 30 Years Later

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Arkansas State University staff member Robyn Morgan is giving her father what he's always dreamed of ... heartfelt recognition for his service in the military.

"He has suffered with post-traumatic stress all his life and this is just my way of giving back," said Morgan. "I just hope the members of the 875th don't have to wait as long as my dad did."

Monday evening, the ASU History Department awarded Paul Power with a temporary purple heart while he waits to receive his from the U.S. military.

"I grew up watching World War II movies and when I went off to war and came back, there was nothing," said Power. "It was a big letdown to me in that respect and now my daughter is doing this for me and it's unbelievable."

Years ago, after Power returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, he refused to accept the two purple heart medals awarded to him.

"I turned it down and now she's trying to get it back for me," he said.

Morgan says her father's always felt a sense of survivor's guilt. It sometimes comes with the onset of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which many veterans have to deal with.

It's like any physical handicap and can put an emotional strain on any family.

ASU just recently opened the Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans.

The center will provide a centralized opportunity for veterans from all service branches to utilize specialized physical and mental rehabilitation services that are available on campus, including physical therapy, speech language pathology and mental health counseling.


Questions or Comments? E-mail me at rsmith@kait8.com

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