WACO (October 10, 2012)--State Senator Brian Birdwell will visit with ATLAS Academy students Thursday to discuss patriotism, military service and military personnel’s transition to civilian life.
The event is for students enrolled in the “GI Joe and Jane” program.
Birdwell has served as a field artillery officer and was deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
He also served as a military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management during the Pentagon attack and sustained serious burns on at least 60 percent of his body when the American Airlines flight crashed near his office.
He was awarded the Purple Heart for the wounds he sustained from the attack.
Birdwell will be at Tennyson Middle School at 1 p.m.
ATLAS Academy is a middle school designed for gifted and advanced learners in Waco ISD.