Iraq War vet takes over at Office of Veterans Services

Aryanna Berringer, an Iraq War veteran, has been named director of the Pitt Office of Veterans Services.

She takes over for Edwin Hernandez, who left Pitt in January to join Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Berringer, an Oregon native, enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18, just months after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was deployed to Jordan in February 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the XVIII Airborne Corps and served honorably through 2004.

In 2017, Berringer, of Murrysville, was the first Democrat to step up to challenge Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the primary, according to the Post-Gazette. She later dropped out of the race. She also has written a political column for the Pittsburgh Current online magazine.

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