[Insert veteran name here]
Served in the Navy as a damage controlman. Has one Child, 3 step children and 3 step-grandchildren. Served from 1996-1998, discharged due to illness.
Q- Were you afraid to go to the Navy when you enlisted?
A- Not afraid, just anxious. Your mind races, until you get there and see that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.
Q- How did your wife and children feel about you going
A- I actually discussed it with my wife, it was a decision we made together. It was either I stayed here and continue to work, or I go to the navy, she was very supportive. Our kids were a little worried, but once they realized that I would be okay, they were relieved.
Q- What was the worst thing about being in the navy?
A- Honestly the food. I was only in the navy a short time before I got sick, and all I can remember is how awful the food was. That will probably stick with me for the rest of my life
Q- Do you still keep in touch with the people you were stationed with?
A- A few. A fellow by the name of Kenneth Wiltzy called me when I got home, after that we’ve been the best of friends. He would always call and check on me to make sure everything was okay, and he surprised me on Christmas, he came to visit me. I didn’t even know he was home for R&R. We talked for hours, about everything,
Q- What’s your fondest memory of being in the navy?
A- I don’t really have a fondest memory, because I had a good time while I was there. I can say that I give myself a pat on the back every day because I served my country. Some guys go into the military for the benefits. I didn’t really care too much about it, although the benefits are nice, I am just proud to say that I have served my country.
Q- What’s the first thing you wanted to do when you got home?
A- I wanted to see my grandkids. Even though you guys aren’t my blood, you’ve treated me as if…