CNN Headline News' "Salute to Our Troops, Stories of Courage" features Kennesaw State student-veteran Richard Sisk and his wife

Kennesaw State student-veteran Richard Sisk appeared live Wednesday, Oct. 17, on CNN Headline News…

Georgia (Oct 17, 2012) — Kennesaw State student-veteran Richard Sisk appeared live Wednesday, Oct. 17, on CNN Headline News' "MORNING EXPRESS with Robin Meade 6 a.m.-noon, ET." 


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The 25-year-old recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan and put his G.I. Bill to good use, enrolling at Kennesaw State to major in sports management. He and his wife, a teacher, celebrated their first wedding anniversary and are expecting a baby boy in March.

As part of the show's "Salute to the Troops, Stories of Courage" segment, anchor Robin Meade surprised them with a crib and gift certificate for baby products. She also had more good news for Richard….

Read the story below from HLNtv and then watch the clip of the live TV segment. Coverage from Kennesaw Patch is also included below.


Richard Sisk joined the military when he was just 17, two weeks after he graduated high school.  He served in the Army for four years, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006. But then, he decided it was time for a change.

Richard went back to school, eventually transferring to Kennesaw State University in Georgia, to get his degree in sports management and communication. Even with a full class schedule, he found time to work at the university’s Veterans Resource Center, helping other vets like him navigate their transition to civilian life.

As a thank you for his service, HLN decided to give Richard something back.  He and his wife, Angela, are expecting a baby in March. So we got in touch with Carousel Designs, a veteran-owned baby bedding company. Owners and West Point grads Jonathan Hartley and Allan Sicat surprised Richard and Angela with a gift certificate for $700 worth of baby bedding and accessories.

But that wasn’t the only surprise! Richard also needs an internship before he can graduate. So Turner Sports is setting him up with one this summer.

“I’m blown away! I don’t really know what to say right now other than thank you,” he said. 

Watch the video to see it all unfold!


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Vet, KSU Student Gets Surprise on HLN

Richard Sisk was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006.



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