Vets Go Back to School

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One young man served in the Florida National Guard, one woman served in the U.S. Army Reserve and another is still serving for the Naval Support Activity, but they all have different stories.

Chris Chrastina was the same age as some of the students when he was in the U.S. Navy.

"I was out of high school, about 18, 19 years old, when bombs started dropping on Pearl Harbor."

And at 19, Jeffrey Delmar, a graduate of Covenant Christian, joined the National Guard. A couple years later he was in Baghdad.

“You might have a lot of things that you dislike about the people, but when it comes down to the mission you put other people before yourself. That's really what it's all about being over there.”

Delmar's first grade teacher was Rosanne Culpepper. Her first grade class had some questions when the assembly was over for Maj. Michael Weems who served 10 years in the Air Force. Sleeping and eating were especially important topics.

"Sometimes though we'd have to eat wherever they were working. They'd give us these bags called MREs, Meals Ready to Eat, and it wasn't always ready to eat. It really wasn't all that good."

And pinned on the students’ hearts was the name or picture of relatives who have served or are serving in the military, making this holiday a little more personal to some.