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Wounded War Vet Graduates From MSUM

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On Thursday, 425 students at Minnesota State University in Moorhead wrapped up their college experience. The world is waiting for them, but one graduate who chose not to walk, for personal reasons, has already seen much of the world.

North Dakota Army National Guardsman Sam Floberg shares his story of getting through college after the war in Afghanistan changed his game plan. A four year degree wasn't always in Sam Floberg's game plan. He enjoyed work as an electrician and heck, he was good at it.

"I was a journeyman electrician. I loved the trade of building stuff... the blue collar life," explains Floberg.

But the North Dakota National Guard had other plans and Sam was a part of it.

"I wanted to be in the military. I wanted to deploy and I volunteered to go with," says Floberg.

So he did. It was in Afghanistan in 2006 when a rocket propelled grenade hit his vehicle and changed his plans for when he would return home. That rocket took the life of his comrade and one of Sam's legs. But Sam took that as an opportunity to start a new chapter in his life. One that included a four-year university.

"Even though I got hit, it's not that big of a deal. There are huge drawbacks, setbacks. But stuff happens and you have to figure out where you'll go next," says Floberg.

The life of an electrician was off of the table. He was all of a sudden a safety hazard. So Sam put all of his efforts into school.

"You should never throw in the towel cause too many people already do throw in the towel. They become victims of society or themselves," says Floberg.

So even though a four year degree in finance was a far cry from an electrician. Sam knew he was making strides.

"It was just a stepping stone," says Floberg.

So Thursday December 19th 2013, Sam Floberg wrapped up college at the age of 36. Upon completion, while he knows college isn't for every veteran. He know's that progression, after everything that the war tried to take, is the only way for him to live.

"Have fun with life. Be a student of life. Learn what you can. Have fun with what you got," says Floberg.

Sam graduated with a degree in finance and has already landed a job. He'll be working at the VA as a purchasing agent in prosthetic limbs. Congratulations Sam and thank you for your service.

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