One local veteran was recognized for his service and education accomplishments on Wednesday.
The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 1530 awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Dustin Schulz.
Schulz joined the Army National Guard in 2006. His service included deployments to Czechoslovakia and Iraq. Now, he lives in La Crosse and attends Western Technical College pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
Although being a veteran comes with some financial aid, Schulz says the $1,000 will help him pay for additional school fees.
"It means a lot," he said. "College is definitely not cheap, and contrary to popular belief, just being a veteran and going overseas doesn't give you 100-percent free tuition."
The scholarship also comes with a free membership to VFW Post 1530.
"One of our mottos is, 'We honor the fallen by serving the living,'" said Jose Leon, Post Commander of VFW Post 1530. "This is a great way to serve the living."
Schulz says the membership would normally be an extra cost to him. It will allow him to receive additional support from other veterans as he adjusts to civilian life.