Former Staff Sergeant and author to speak at JCJC

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The author of a critically acclaimed war memoir will be speaking at Jones County Junior College.

Former Army Infantry Staff Sergeant, David Belliva, 34, author of "House to House: An Epic Memoir of War", about door-to-door close combat in Iraq will be speak Monday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium.

Belliva served in the First Infantry Division (Task Force 2-2) for over six years. As the guest speaker he will speak about the war in Iraq from the viewpoint of a soldier.

The Iraq veteran wishes to share the mission of the Vets for Freedom organization which he co-founded in 2005 as a non-partisan veteran's support group.  Vets for Freedom's mission is to educate the public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by being knowledgeable to issues of American strategy and procedure in Iraq.

As a result of Belliva unit's performance in the November 2004 Fallujah assault, he and his platoon became the subjects of the Time magazine cover story, "Into the Hot Zone," and were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He has been recommended for the Medal of Honor by his leadership, and has been nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross.

Bellavia has returned to the Iraqi battlefield several times as an embedded reporter. His reports have appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review, Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal.

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