In September of last year nearly 160 South Dakota National Guard men and women deployed in the 842nd; now that they are home one KOTA Territory college thanks and honors them for their service.
The 842nd spent about a year in Afghanistan, building and maintaining a forward operating base as well as executing missions. Black Hills State University Senior Karen Berger says the experience has made her thankful for what she has, and has given her a new respect for veterans.
The BHSU Vets Club said thank you to all vets Wednesday, including Berger, with a pot luck. "Once again just to say thank you for their service with Veterans Day just last Sunday and to you know just welcome them back," said BHSU Student Vets Representative Mike McNeil.
"Knowing that the community is supporting you; supports you in your decision in serving your country and letting you know that they're grateful, we're thankful we want to thank you and this is how we're going to do it so it's a really big thank you," said Berger.
Black Hills State University's Vets Club also helps students who have deployed, readjust to college life.