St. Ambrose University to host free veterans conference with keynote by Iraq war triple-amputee survivor

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa—On Wednesday, Feb. 25, St. Ambrose University will host the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Veterans Conference, “Seek the Middle Ground: Bridging the Divide from Military to Civilian.” The event, which includes workshops, panel discussions, a resources fair and a networking social, will take place from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Rogalski Center, located at the corner of Ripley and Lombard Streets, one block west of Harrison. The free event is open to the public; veterans will be given priority registration. For more information or to register, go to

A noon keynote will be given by Iraq War veteran Bryan Anderson, Purple Heart recipient, and one of the few triple-amputees to have survived in Iraq. Anderson will share his experiences as an active combat soldier, his devastating injuries and his recovery. Anderson’s story has been featured on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” and in “USA Today,” “Esquire Magazine” and the “Chicago Sun-Times.” His recently published book, "No Turning Back," will be available for purchase.

The conference is a collaboration between St. Ambrose University, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College District and Western Illinois University Quad Cities.

For more information, contact SAU Coordinator of Veterans Recruitment and Services Andrew Gates at 563-333-6277 or, or go to