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Hawaii Island veterans meet at PTA

TOP TO BOTTOM: Veteran’s examine equipment at PTA during an islandwide veteran meeting; Members of Hawaii Island veteran’s groups pose for a photo during a meeting at PTA. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
TOP TO BOTTOM: Veteran’s examine equipment at PTA during an islandwide veteran meeting; Members of Hawaii Island veteran’s groups pose for a photo during a meeting at PTA. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
Veteran’s examine equipment at PTA during an islandwide veteran meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Veteran’s examine equipment at PTA during an islandwide veteran meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Representatives from most of the veteran’s groups on Hawaii Island gathered at Pohakuloa Training Area on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The meeting of Hawaii Island veteran’s groups at PTA was an opportunity for various veterans’ groups from all over the island to exchange information and to collaborate on issues of common interest and concern.

The commander of PTA, Lt. Col. Shwedo, opened the meeting with an overview of PTA operations. After the opening brief, leaders from each of the veteran’s groups introduced themselves and highlighted their group’s goals, objectives and concerns. They discussed ways to better collaborate on common issues in order to gain a greater voice. The meeting adjourned with the veteran’s groups renewed in their commitment to help one another.

Taking a short break from their military training at PTA, ground and aviation units from the Army’s 25th Infantry Division proudly set-up a static display of helicopters, armored vehicles, howitzers and small arms weaponry for the veterans. Soldiers demonstrated use of their equipment and discussed capabilities.

The Big Island Veterans shared their military experiences with soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division. Retired soldiers spoke of harrowing events with similar weapons and equipment, while the new soldiers spoke of more recent experiences.

For more information, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pta.