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U of Ill. student starts veterans outdoor group

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:55 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:57 p.m. CST

CHAMPAIGN – A University of Illinois student and Iraq War veteran is organizing outdoor activities for fellow veterans, especially those with disabilities.

The Champaign News-Gazette reported Saturday that Eric Swenson wants to unite fellow student veterans on the campus. His plans include taking those with disabilities on a pheasant hunt and competing in a softball league.

He said it's hard for veterans to adjust to campus life because they're often in classes with younger students.

The Army veteran is working with a local club to organize a free hunting trip that'll include a wheelchair accessible cart.

He's formed a team to compete in a softball league this fall. Swenson said the only problem so far is picking colors for a team that includes Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps members.

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