Yonas Hagos

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Yonas Hagos is an Army Veteran who served in the Irag War. Hagos spent most of his childhood in a refugee camp in Sudan, coming to the United States when he was 10. He joined the army after 9/11 because, he says, he felt this country had given him so much. Hagos was seriously injured by a rocket--propelled grenade and was later awarded a Purple Heart. Now recovered, he’s become a successful entrepreneur. He is wearing the backpack he had on when he was wounded.

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Photo: Peter Yang]

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Yonas is active in The Mission Continues, an organization that helps returning veterans serve again as a citizen leaders, and honor the fallen by living their values through service.

Yonas loves to share his stories and inspire our youth by speaking to schools and groups about his experiences.