Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Student refuses to give up, achieves West Point dream

Jun 4, 2013
Press Release
CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
June 4, 2013
 
 

LOCAL STUDENT REFUSES TO GIVE UP, SUCCEEDS IN GOAL OF ATTENDING WEST POINT

 
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger has called 12 local students this year to announce their appointment to a United States Military Academy, but few were as excited as Tyler Brians.
 
A senior at Providence High School, Mr. Brians had been accepted to West Point and then disqualified due to a mistaken medical diagnosis.  Facing the end of a lifelong dream, Mr. Brians and his family refused to give up, researching the diagnosis and spotting the errors.
 
Congressman Pittenger’s staff sent the information to West Point and was persistent in asking that the mistake be corrected.
 
Last Friday, Congressman Pittenger had the privilege of calling Mr. Brians to announce he was heading to West Point!
 
“Tyler Brians will make a great soldier because of his tenacity and refusal to surrender to negative circumstances,” commented Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “He is 100 percent committed to serving our Nation, and I am honored to know him.”
 
In his application essay, Mr. Brians explained, “every time I read an article or watch a newsreel about soldiers’ sacrifices I become overwhelmed with a sense of emotion and pride.  I feel that as a physically capable and intelligent person that I owe it to those who have sacrificed so much for me and every other American to serve my country the best I can.”
 
Tyler Brians is the son of Michael and Lisa Brians and lives in south Charlotte.
 
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