2014-01-09 / Local & State

Lang Announces 78th District Candidacy

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Joshua Lang Joshua Lang NEWS EDITOR

A Bedford County, Pa., veteran has announced his intentions to seek the Republican Party nomination during the May primary election for the 78th District of the state House of Representatives.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Lang of Everett announced last week to the “News” he is hoping to fill the representative position that offers services to all of Fulton County and portions of the surrounding counties.

A United States Army veteran, Lang turned down an acceptance letter to attend Shippensburg University to enlist in the military in 2005. He served as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan for 15 months. During his time in Afghanistan, Lang conducted hundreds of combat patrols and coordinated several combat missions. Furthermore, he worked with fellow team members to provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan populace. For his efforts, he was awarded the Army Accommodation Medal as well as the Combat Action Badge.

Upon returning home, Lang enlisted with the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2008 through 2011, where he served with the 2nd of the 104th Cavalry Regiment. His time with the Guard was spent training and mentoring younger soldiers in preparation for future combat deployments.

Lang eventually attended Shippensburg University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Lang was also instrumental in helping found the Shippensburg Student Veterans Association, which was created to help veterans with their many barriers and challenges going from a military to college setting. Lang reported that since the founding of the organization, Shippensburg now has a veteran’s resource center that assists veterans, service members and family members to ensure they achieve their academic and career goals. During the first year of existence the organization was awarded as the top student organization of the year and biggest impact of the year.

Lang went on to be sworn in as Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for Students Veterans of America, a national organization that provides resources and advocacy for all veterans to succeed in school and into the years following graduation. His efforts resulted in the creation of 32 new student veteran organizations across the commonwealth.

Lang has received numerous awards and achievements, including being named the 2012 Student Veteran of the Year for the entire country, an Academic All-America as a member of the Shippensburg University wrestling team, a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and a member Pinnacle, a National Honor Society for Non-Traditional Students.

According to a news release and election Web site found at www.joshlangforstaterep.com, just prior to graduating from college he became the founder and current chairman of the Pennsylvania Student Veterans Coalition, the only statewide organization solely focused on assisting student veterans. Upon graduation, Lang accepted a position with VetAdvisor ® as a business analyst.

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