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Veteran to speak at True Grit banquet

February 25, 2009

The annual True Grit banquet will be Tuesday, May 12, at Fountain Head Country Club at 6 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Maj. David M. Rozelle, who is believed to be the first amputee in U.S. military history to return to active duty and take combat command in a war zone.

His memoir "Back in Action: An American Soldier's Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude" tells his inspiring story.

Rozelle has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.

He recently served as administrator for the Amputee Care Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as an aide for the U.S. surgeon general.

He is getting ready to deploy with his third combat tour to Iraq/Afghanistan, following completion of command-school training at Quantico, Va. He is married and has two children.

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The True Grit award is given to student-athletes who might not be the stars of their team, but have overcome obstacles to remain part of the team.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in early April. The YMCA asks any former True Grit winner to contact the YMCA so their name can be included in the program. Call Mike Flicek, YMCA executive director, at 301-739-3990, ext. 4213, or e-mail mikef@ymca hagerstown.org. The fax number is 301-739-3992.

The event is sponsored by the Hagerstown YMCA, The Herald-Mail Co., Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Washington County Public Schools.

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