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Former U.S. Marine to recount recon missions in Iraq

cover of Kicking Ace-Taking Names book
3/16/2012 —

Former U.S. Marine Jeremy Vandekar, author of “Kicking Ace - Taking Names,” will recount in vivid detail his two deployments to Iraq as part of a deep reconnaissance sniper team during his visit to Penn State Brandywine on Thursday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103.

Vandekar, who was once a student at the campus, said he wrote his book to shed light on both the physical and psychological implications of war on members of the military.

“I wanted to write down what I had done so I wouldn't forget in 30 years when I talk to my grandkids,” he said. “I also wanted to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the recon community. I want people to learn what individuals go through in Iraq and in combat. I want them to realize what combat is like and that there is a whole world overseas that is complex and can't be defined simply as ‘a war for oil.’”

In this book, Vandekar recounts his reconnaissance training and the history and traditions behind what he called the “recon community.”
The Student Activities Fund is sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public.

-by Adam Lazzaro

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