Scholarship in memory of young veteran

Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 5:04 PM CDT
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A young veteran who died after returning home from war is being remembered through a new scholarship. It's awarded to someone known for putting others ahead of themselves.

Tyler Andersen survived firefights in Afghanistan but he died in a tragic accidental shooting at his Omaha home two years ago. Colin Andersen wants his son remembered as a veteran of giving back so a scholarship has been awarded in Tyler's name.

Colin Andersen said, "The memory of Tyler Andersen hopefully will drive you to go a little bit further and do a little bit more with your life, and more importantly do more for your fellow man."

He's talking to Wyatt Nelson who received the $1,000 scholarship.

Wyatt Nelson said, "I mean I was really grateful. I didn't know if I was going to get the scholarship."

He plans to use the scholarship money at Metropolitan Community College to improve his music skills and to teach guitar.

The first recipient of the Tyler Andersen Scholarship never met the man it's named for but he's learning how to carry on his spirit of caring.

The fund is holding a benefit golf outing this Saturday at Stone Creek.