Veterans Coalition group honors Chamber, soldier

By The Mercury

Members of the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition presented the Chamber of Commerce with American and Kansas flags for their meeting room during a meeting Tuesday at the Chamber.

The flags were in appreciation for the Chamber’s donation of the room for coalition meetings over the past 10 years. Lyle Butler, CEO of the Chamber, accepted the flags.

Also Tuesday, Travis Koochel, a student at K-State Saliona, received a $500 scholarship from the coalition.

Koochel is a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart and the Army Achievement Medal.

The scholarship was supported by funds from Dick Edwards Ford, and Koochel was the group’s fourth recipient.

At the same meeting, Lori Bishop was elected the organization’s president.

Art DeGroat was named vice president, Charles King was named secretary and Tom Fryer was named treasurer.

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