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Aug. 31, 2006
Contact: Lauren Beatty, University Relations, (785) 864-8856.

KU students featured on cover of Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine

From left to right: Charlie House, Evan Hoyt, Ben Lockwood and Dan Parker.

LAWRENCE — When the 1.7 million members of Veterans of Foreign Wars receive the September issue of VFW magazine in their mailboxes this week, they will see four University of Kansas students on the cover.

Dan Parker, a sophomore from McPherson; Evan Hoyt, a sophomore from Neodesha; Charlie House, a junior from Garnett; and Ben Lockwood, a junior from Prince George, Va., are featured in an article titled “From Combat to College: War Veterans on Campus.” The magazine’s cover photo shows the foursome in front of Watson Library on the KU campus in Lawrence. Inside the magazine is a picture of Parker, Hoyt, House and Lockwood in front of the Campanile, a World War II memorial.

“I thought the opportunity to be on the cover of VFW magazine was a great way to bring some attention to veterans on campuses around the nation,” said Parker, who served with the Marines in Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

All four students say their transition from the military to college life has been a smooth one and that their peers and professors want to learn about their experiences.

“They seem interested for the most part,” said House, a former member of the Kansas Army National Guard. “They will ask me what it was like overseas and whether I agree or not with the U.S.’ involvement in the war. I haven’t had any negative experiences with students or teachers.”

The four students will also be in the VFW’s national convention magazine.

“I am so proud, and so are my family and friends,” said Hoyt.

KU will honor members of the military at Soldier Recognition Night, which will take place in Memorial Stadium during the Sept. 9 football game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

More information about the four KU students featured on the cover of VFW magazine is listed below.

From Garnett and Ottawa
Charlie House is a junior planning to major in business. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard. He is the son of Kay Asbury of Ottawa and is a graduate of Anderson County High School.

From Ottawa and Garnett

From McPherson
Dan Parker is a sophomore majoring in political science and international studies. He served in the Marines. He is the son of Craig Parker and a graduate of McPherson High School.

From Neodesha
Evan Hoyt is a sophomore in secondary education, government and history. He served in the Marines. He is the son of Carol Hoyt and a graduate of Independence Senior High School.

From Prince George
Ben Lockwood will be a junior when he returns to school full time. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.


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