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SCC Elementary art teacher Jason Rohde takes a few moments from his busy day to talk about his tours in Kosovo and Iraq and what being a veteran means to him. (Photo by Sarah Young)

War is not all fighting, it’s about helping others too

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Art teacher Jason Rohde doesn’t want to be put on a pedestal. Nor does he want anyone to give him superhero status.

What he wants is for kids to realize that anyone can be a veteran, that it’s not a certain type of


person. He wants kids to realize war is not like what they see in the movies or video games. He fears kids have a skewed perception of what a soldier is.

“There’s no reset button, like in a video game,” Rohde said. “And it’s not just about fighting. I

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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