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Former Hampton student, veteran visits his old classroom

Matthew Santoni
| Friday, November 10, 2017 4:18 p.m.

Connor Green and his service dog, Bradley, paid Poff Elementary a visit on Friday, Nov. 10, to speak to students about life in the military in recognition of Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11).

Green, a Hampton alumnus, enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation. He completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Wash. Following basic training, Spec. Green was deployed with the 4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, where he served as a SAW Gunner in Operation Enduring Freedom (2012-2013) in Southern Afghanistan.

Green spoke to students in Marilyn Adams’ class. He was a student in her class back when he was at Poff. Her classes sent care packages to him and his unit during his deployments.

He also spoke to them about having a service dog and how Bradley detects seizures. Green, who is prone to seizures, gets warned by the dog if a seizure is imminent.

Green is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in education at Duquesne University.


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Army and National Guard veteran Geneo Jones, 59, of Turtle Creek smiles proudly with Judge John A. Zottola, after Jones graduated from Allegheny County's eighth Veterans Court “class,' Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
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C. Denise Senft, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator at VA (left) Pittsburgh congratulates Nicole Marcin, Army Combat Veteran, after Marcin graduated from Allegheny County's eighth Veterans Court “class,' Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Participants who have successfully completed the treatment-focused specialty court’s prescriptions can have their charges reduced or dropped. Like drug courts, vets courts are aimed at finding root causes of crime and fixing them rather than punishing them, especially in the case of veterans w/ PTSD or other issues.
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Veteran Matt Orbich, 36, of Castle Shannon (right) shakes hands with Judge John A. Zottola, after Orbich graduated from Allegheny County's eighth Veterans Court “class' on Nov. 9. (Tribune Review)
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U.S. Navy veteran Tom Smith hugs granddaughter Lila Smith, a first-grader, as wife Suzonne Smith looks on during a Veterans Day breakfast and program at Osborne Elementary on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Tom's three grandchildren at Osborne—Lila, Whitney and Wyatt—each wore a long sleeved t-shirt with his military photo and the words 'Thank You Grandpa' on them.
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Osborne Elementary School second-graders sing during a Veterans Day program at the school Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force veteran Chuck Davis stands in front of a sea of students during a Veterans Day program at the school Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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U.S. Navy veteran Tom Smith hugs granddaughter Lila Smith, a first-grader, as wife Suzonne Smith looks on during a Veterans Day breakfast and program at Osborne Elementary on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Tom's three grandchildren at Osborne—Lila, Whitney and Wyatt—each wore a long sleeved t-shirt with his military photo and the words 'Thank You Grandpa' on them.
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Osborne Elementary School second-graders sing during a Veterans Day program at the school Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
U.S. Air Force veteran Chuck Davis stands in front of a sea of students during a Veterans Day program at the school Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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U.S. Army vetean Jack McCluskey looks toward students as he and other Army veterans are recognized during a Veterans Day program at the school Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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August Sander, who is working to obtain a master's degree in criminology at Saint Vincent College, is presented a check by David Hollenbaugh, associate vice president for institutional advancement, while receiving the college's first annual Veterans Scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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August Sander, who is working to obtain a master's degree in criminology at Saint Vincent College, is presented a check by David Hollenbaugh, associate vice president for institutional advancement, while receiving the college's first annual Veterans Scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
August Sander, who is working to obtain a master's degree in criminology at Saint Vincent College, is presented a check by David Hollenbaugh, associate vice president for institutional advancement, while receiving the college's first annual Veterans Scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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August Sander, who is working to obtain a master's degree in criminology at Saint Vincent College, poses for a portrait before receiving the college's first annual Veterans Scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
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Army Veteran Connor Green, who went to Poff Elementary and is a Hampton graduate, and his service dog, Bradley, visited his old classroom and talked to students like Simone Panza and Xander Tolley, right, about his life in the military.
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Eden Hall fourth grader Jalen Neals gets a rare opportunity to try on retired Army lawyer Rob Wilig's uniform on Nov. 10, 2017. He was one of many speakers who participated in a special Veterans Day program at the school on Friday, Nov. 10.
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Veteran Dave Fox shares details about serving in the military on Nov. 10. He went to West Point and was commissioned in the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2003. He shared his story with students in Tina Beam's class at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School.
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Veteran Rob Wilig gets fired up as he speaks to fourth and fifth graders at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School about serving in the military on Nov. 10. He taught them about the significance of patches on uniforms and showed them where he was stationed in the Army. He served 21 years.
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