By A. David Verde
It’s been a little more than two years since I put on my uniform for the last time. My last day of work was a funeral detail with the Charleston, S.C. Air Force base honor guard. It was an additional duty that I volunteered to do; my primary job was air transportation journeyman. I had a plan when I joined the Air Force: Do six years, don’t turn into that guy who talked about war all the time, separate and use the GI Bill to finish my degree in music education.
After leaving, I thought it was all behind me. I didn’t realize that after six years and three deployments, I had been fully institutionalized into military life. Only problem was, I wasn’t in the military any longer.
Verde is a six-year Air Force, OEF/OIF Veteran. He is a business owner and freelance photographer residing in Christiansburg and is the Style Street blogger at roanoke.com.