Iowa Wesleyan College will mark Veterans Day during its weekly Thursday Forum series with the program “What is War?” this Thursday at 11 a.m. The program will be held in the Chapel Auditorium and is open to the public.
The program will feature Ron Capps, a veteran of several wars and founder of the The Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. The organization provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members.
Capps was a soldier for 25 years. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1983, received a commission in 1985 and served on active duty for nine years before returning to the Army Reserve. As a reservist, he was re-called a number of times to active service including work with special operations forces in central Africa, a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003, and work as an international peacekeeper in Darfur. Ron served as a Foreign Service officer from 1994-2008 with postings in Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq and Sudan.
Now retired from government service, he is a freelance writer and directs the Veterans Writing Project.
The program will also feature Ryan Koch, a student at Iowa Wesleyan and veteran. Koch, 23, served three years in the Army as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. He completed one tour of Afghanistan, May 2010-May 2011. He is currently a second semester freshman majoring in mass communication and English, with a minor in history.
The program will be moderated by Dr. Linda Buchanan, vice president and dean of student life at Iowa Wesleyan. Buchanan is also a veteran, retiring in 2009 as a captain in the United States Navy after 24 years of commissioned service.