Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the military? What if a family member was in the military? I was able to talk with five different people on their experiences of having family in the military.
Sophomore Daniel Huff has a family member that was a sergeant in the National Guard. His father was just recently medically discharged from the National Guard, after being a part of it for 20 years. Daniel commented, “It is very hard watching him go to other countries around the world, but I am very happy he is protecting the citizens of this country and others.”
Junior Angela Kuhlmann has an uncle that has been in the Army for 16 years. His name is Isaiah Herbel. While Angela doesn't know what his rank is, she does know that he is a mechanic. Isaiah is not currently stationed anywhere. Angela thinks that it is amazing that her uncle has fought for our country.
Junior Addison Tolar has a family member that was in the Army before being discharged in 2002. Don Tolar, Addison's father, was in the military for 8 years. Mr. Tolar fought in the War on Terrorism in Pakistan and Iraq. According to Addison, “I think that it is amazing that they are willing to lay down their life for their own and everyone else's freedom. They are extremely brave and noble individuals.”
Dylan Lafferty, 2016 graduate of New Haven High, is a petty officer, third-class rank, in the Navy. When asked what the best part of being in the Navy is, he commented, “Traveling and meeting new people.” According to Dylan, the hardest part is the conditions that he has to work through.
Joe O’Bryant, resident of New Haven, was a corporal in the Marine Corps. Mr. O’Bryant commented, “Everyone should have an experience in the military.”
Many people sacrifice time with their friends and family to fight for our country. Thank you to all the servicemen and women in New Haven.