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Featured Veteran: Connie Westcott

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Featured Veteran: Connie Westcott

Blakelee Sutton, Co-Editor-In-Chief

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Q: What compelled you to join the military?

A: “My dad was in the Navy, I had friends in the Navy, I had an uncle in the Army, I couldn’t afford to go to college and my parents couldn’t afford to send me to college, and I figured it was the best way to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and not be a burden to someone else.”

 

Q: What are some things that you learned from you time in the Navy?

A: “It doesn’t matter if you didn’t know that a rule existed, you still had to follow it. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t understand a reason behind a rule, you still had to follow it. Responsibility; be accountable for your actions. Whether you agree with why you had to do that or not, you still have to be responsible for doing it.”

 

Q: How has your experience within the Navy shaped your life now?

A: “It allowed me to travel some and meet a whole bunch of different people. It shaped me into the person I am. I never would have ended up in the midwest without being in the Navy, I don’t know what I would be doing. Even though it was only six years of my life, it allowed me time to figure out who I am.”

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