Veteran visits with Achille students

By Randy Bruce

October 2, 2013

Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Staff Sgt. Benjamin “Colt” Floyd shared his military experience with Achille High School students this week during Enrichment period.

Colt, whose mother is a teacher at Achille, told about being in college on a football scholarship at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany and how he was having a difficult time choosing a major. Then 9/11 happened and he chose to join the Oklahoma National guard.

Serving as an infantryman was right up his alley. A rich history of military in his family made it an easy choice. After 2 tours in Afghanistan, his life changed forever when he was wounded from an RPG that wounded him and struck and killed one of his men.

He spent 6 months at Ft. Sam Houston’s Wounded Warrior facility and another month at Walter Reed’s NICOE Center. Staff Sgt. Floyd received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star as well as other service medals. His military experience has helped mold him into the proud, yet humble man he is today.

He knows all too well the cost of freedom and how grateful we should be for the things we have and the country we live in . Sgt. Floyd feels privileged to be able to go the schools and share his experience and slides with students,