Why I Joined the Military

I was a senior in high school in 1979 when I decided to join the U.S. Army. Well in advance of graduation, I had seriously considered attending college and had actually applied for admission to Ferrum College, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains not too far from my home town of Vienna – but far enough away to be out on my own. But when the acceptance letter arrived, I quickly came to the realization that I was tired of attending school and felt I needed to take a different path. Since my father and grandfather had served in the...

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