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Afghanistan Veteran Opening Bowling Green Home to Afghan Refugees

Lisa Autry

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan is preparing to welcome Afghan refugees into his Bowling Green home. 

Bill DeLong served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The retired Sgt. First Class says it wasn’t a hard decision to open his doors.

"We're Americans, we're supposed to stick together. I think a lot of people have forgotten what happened after 9/11 when we came together," DeLong said. "We're that bright, shining village on a hill. We're supposed to set that example."

About 50 host families are needed in Bowling Green where 200 Afghan refugees will be arriving over the next several months. Bill DeLong and his wife Renee are still waiting for an individual or family to be placed with them. The couple spoke to WKU Public Radio about their motivation for hosting and what they're expecting from the experience.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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