Veteran Studying at CCNY Featured in Time Magazine

July 22, 2013 | City College

Samuel Innocent on deployment in Afghanistan while in the U.S. Army.

Samuel Innocent, a senior at The City College of New York and U.S. Army veteran who was deployed in Afghanistan, is featured in the latest edition of Time magazine.

Recently awarded a Tillman Military Scholarship by the Pat Tillman Foundation, Mr. Innocent and other scholars past and present attended a leadership summit in Chicago last week.

Continued service was one of the themes at the gathering. Mr. Innocent, who is pursuing a double major in biology and political science and is a Fellow with CCNY’s Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, talks in the article about his aspirations.

“Once you have that attitude that instilled character to serve your nation, to contribute to the greater cause, the greater purpose…it never leaves you,” he tells the magazine.

The Brooklyn resident is president of the City College Veterans Association (CCVA), which serves as an outlet for the public service spirit instilled in members while in uniform.

CCVA responded to the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami by organizing fundraisers and also raised money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy last fall.

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