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November 12, 2012
The Times Observer

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Lindberg's class at Allegheny Valley Elementary School were joined by Army veterans Matt and Amanda McCord recently. The McCords explained how they met in Kuwait while serving in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, United States Army. Mrs. McCord was Kiowa helicopter crew chief and Mr. McCord was a reconnaissance scout. Mr. McCord explained that the number of stripes on his uniform meant, he was deployed five times. The students enjoyed seeing the pictures of the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter Mrs. McCord worked on and the tank Mr. McCord used for scouting. Students were amazed to learn that the length of the Kiowa helicopter was smaller than a school bus. The students were very interested in the pictures taken during sandstorms. The McCord's shared pictures of kids, families and adults they helped while serving in Iraq. They passed around badges they had earned, an Army helmet, a Calvary hat, and other hats worn by the Army. Amanda, Matt and their daughter, Anna, who is a member of the class, passed out Army tattoos and American flags to all the kids. The class made two thank you banners for Veterans Day which will be delivered to the Sheffield and Clarendon posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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