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Nov 11, 2013 8:22 PM by Erika Flores

Veteran returns to his high school to inspire students

ORO VALLEY - A 26-year-old veteran returned to his Tucson-area high school to inspire students and the community on this Veterans Day.

At Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Zach Abrams was given a standing ovation after he recounted his experience overseas.

Abrams found himself at age 24 in Afghanistan leading other soldiers in combat.

"It was an honor to be able to come back and share experiences," said Abrams.

Abrams said he followed in his older brother's footsteps.

"Having my brother enlist made it a real option for me," said Abrams.

"It's such an honor to be the inspiration of what he's become. We're so proud of him," said his brother Eric.

His proud family sat in the front row while others from the school and community looked on.

"It's veterans day a special day," said Jayme Berg.

Berg is a World War II veteran.

He went to the school to celebrate the day.

"It reminds me of many years ago, and other veterans and of course the newer veterans. We're all one group," said Berg.

Berg is 86 years old, but he said he remembers the war clearly.

"I spent my first part on an island in the south pacific," said Berg.

He said every Veterans Day brings back memories.

"You think of it quite often. Quite often," said Berg.

He said he's proud to see a young veteran speak.

"It gives me hope that there's some that still think the same way," said Berg.

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