Iraq War veteran graduates Kent State University, plans to start company to share war stories

KENT, Ohio - When R.J. Wilkinson graduated from Ashtabula High School he signed up to join the army.

While serving his country, he spent 14 months in and around Baghdad, Iraq as a U.S. Army Infantryman. When his time was up in the military, Wilkinson said he had to decide what path to take, "You come back to the states and now you're a veteran and you have all of these possibilities to do whatever, you know, you can either go to school and stay in school and do good things or come out and feel sorry for yourself and develop other bad habits."

Wilkinson decided to enroll at Kent State University and will graduate this Saturday.

Being a combat veteran of the Iraq War, and the president of the Kent State University Veterans Club, he has decided to start a new company and website called 'Tell Me About The War.'

Wilkinson has already started recording war stories from World War II veterans. He said reading history books can not compare to hearing the first hand accounts of the men who lived history. "The story that I got in school, is like, and the U.S. Army won the war and then they went home and celebrated."

He is starting with the World War II vets because he doesn't want their stories to be lost forever. "Being able to give these veterans war stories before they leave this earth, I think is a deeper thing than I can even wrap my head around."

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