Albany Law School student Aristeas
Tzovaras was awarded the Purple Heart at the National Purple Heart Hall
of Honor on Aug. 10, 2014, for his service in Afghanistan.
organized and coordinated efforts to promote U.S. international policies and programs by arranging “shuras”
— conferences — with local Afghan leaders to discuss and resolve issues
impacting the region. He also identified and coordinated programs to
improve the interaction between government leaders and local citizens to decrease mistrust and
resolve issues that had led to instability. He built relations
with Afghan Security Force personnel to enhance information sharing, and
advised U.S. governmental agencies such as the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development on conditions in the
His Purple Heart was awarded for his work in
July 2012 when he was thrown from an IED (improvised
explosive device) explosion while clearing an area. The Capital Region resident
plans to graduate Albany Law in 2017.