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Wounded Veterans Training in Bedford Co. to Fight Online Predators

Bedford Co., VA - Twenty-three wounded veterans began training in Bedford County Monday to fight online child exploitation.

The fourth class of the HERO Child Rescue Corps will work for three weeks at the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force office. They will then complete six weeks on forensics training in Northern Virginia before beginning internships with agencies across the country. The program will qualify them for employment in the field of computer forensics.

The training program is funded by the federal government and PROTECT, a charitable child protection organization. The computers the veterans will use were provided by Moose International through the Safe Surfin' Foundation.

At a welcome event Monday morning PROTECT Executive Director Grier Weeks was presented a key to Bedford County by acting County Supervisor Carl Boggess. Sheriff Mike Brown presented each veteran with a challenge coin. Local Vietnam Veteran Steve Bozeman presented the Purple Heart recipients with challenge coins and memberships in the local Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter. Retired Air Force General Dave Young also spoke to the class.

Liberty University is providing bus transportation for the veterans to the training facility.

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