Veteran makes transition from soldier to student

Veteran makes transition from soldier to student

Veterans will be honored and remembered throughout our region Monday, with a number of ceremonies planned.

Joseph Ursitti is a political science major at SUNY Cortland, and will speak at a ceremony at the school on Veterans Day.

He spent eight years in the Army, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ursitti says Veterans Day will be a day of reflection for him. He says it’s humbling to be honored for his service.

“When you’re a soldier, you just do what is expected of a soldier,” Ursitti said. “When it’s over, people recognize you with a day like Veterans Day, and it’s a lot, because you don’t think about that while you’re doing what you’re doing.”

Ursitti earned the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his actions during a raid mission in Iraq. He plans to re-enlist as an Army officer after he graduates.


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