Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, the first American soldier injured in the Iraq War, will speak at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., this Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m.

Alva has been hailed as an American hero and received military honors after his injury in the war. After his retirement, he came out and joined the Human Rights Campaign’s efforts to see “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) repealed. Passed in 1993 and repealed from statute last December, DADT prohibited gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the armed forces. The policy’s repeal is in currently the process of full implementation by the Department of Defense.

Alva will speak at Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. Admission is $5 with Winthrop ID and $10 for the general public. Admission is free with a DSU Spring Pass.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.