Originally published November 11, 2016
Military veterans, from left: Angel Gonzalez, Scot Pondelick, Tommy Darnell, Alicia Johnson, Notrip Ticey III and, seated, Merle “Bob” Clapper at the Veterans Resource Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.They are six veterans of our various wars. Some saw combat, some not.
(Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)
They sat together recently at the Veterans Resource Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. And even though some had met for the first time, there was an easy camaraderie.
They told of their most vivid experiences in the military — the kind that come back in the middle of the night — and some told how the Fourth of July is always a rough day for them.
Some told of the smell of war. You never forget it. They gave advice to those thinking about joining the military.
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