Perry Tech marks 10 years of celebrating veterans

Perry Tech marks 10 years of celebrating veterans

Perry Tech marked 10 years of celebrating veterans today with a packed assembly hall and several veteran speakers.

Current Perry Tech student Ryker Belton spoke about his experience serving overseas in the Marines both in Japan and Australia, and what it was like for him to come back to a normal life in the States. He returned from four years of service in 2017.

He said seeing about 800 students, faculty and elected officials showing their support for him and his fellow veterans on Wednesday makes the sacrifice and service all worth it.

“All the sacrifices, all the struggling and all that, it really does become worth it when you bring these great faculty and students and everyone who supports us into one room,” said Belton.

He said building on relationships with his friends, family and forging new ones in the community was key to his transition back home after service.

“The wonderful city that we live in, and how veterans oriented they are, the support from the school, Perry Tech and how centered around veterans they are,” said Belton. “We’re not just out here alone, and we have the support system and the friends and family.”

Former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 379 Commander Al Pineda also discussed his experiences in the service during an all-volunteer time, and the characteristics of the service men and women around him and their development. He also touched on what it did for his life from a personal stand point.

Program organizer, Perry Tech instructor and veteran Adam Rieker said, “I think more than anything just knowing that Perry is here to help our veteran students in whatever capacity they can says a lot. While the transition isn’t always an easy one, knowing that there is an army of people willing to help can make all the difference.”