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November 23, 2019
6:00 PM
Time Details:
6 PM Doors Open/ 7 PM Steven Speaks
VFW Hall
2106 Vine
Hays, KS 67601
War Story
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Speaker: Steven Elliot, War Story

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Former Army Ranger, Author, & Hays native comes home.

Sometimes the real fight starts after the battle. Many of us have a war story. A story of struggle, pain, & loss. We leave these battles forever changed, & the wounds we bear may not be easily seen. This is one man's war story. It's a story of the tragic death of NFL player turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, told by the soldier who may have killed him. Of the shooting's aftermath, that plunged him into the depths of guilt, shame, & addiction-until unlikely hope emerged. Of a man who began fighting for his country & found himself fighting for his soul.

Steven Elliot was born & raised in Hays, graduating from Hays High School in 1999. He joined the military in 2003 & served as a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment.

In 2004, he deployed to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In the midst of an enemy ambush, he was one of four Rangers who mistook former NFL-star Pat Tillman's position for that of the enemy & fired there. He is one of two Rangers considered likely to have fired the fatal shots.

Elliott served the remaining years of his enlistment & was honorably discharged in 2007. Steven has been nationally recognized for his book, War Story: A Memoir, in which he chronicles his experiences before, during, & after his time as Ranger & the tragic events of 2004. Steven has been featured on ESPN, NPR, NBC, FoxNews, MSNBC, & other media outlets in his efforts to advocate for those suffering the unseen wounds of war.

We invite you to come & hear from Steven directly as he share his experiences & his work to advocate for change in how the unseen wounds of war are treated by our active duty military.

Books available for sale & author signing.