From Our Founder

I was asked one day in the airport as I was taking my grandson back home to Iowa, by three young men that saw the U.S. Air Force cap that I was wearing, “Sir you were in the Air Force what can you tell us because we are headed to Basic Training for the Air Force now?

I thought for a moment and then, having never thought of that I said “make your country proud, make your family proud and make yourself proud and comeback with no regrets.”

Later, after thinking about it I was a bit distraught because I wondered if I did them a disservice by saying those things. Here is why.

When you enter the military from day one the purpose and the intent is to internalize new soldiers and sailors to become military prepared individuals first and foremost. The more professional they get the more the purpose that they are being acclimated for becomes who they are.

My fear was If I was telling them to suck it up no matter what which is what many of us, during my upbringing were told to do, to be considered tough because men are not supposed cry. I had not been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), at that time myself.

I wasn’t sure then but for those that were harmed and disadvantaged the way that I was I not only have some things to tell them now, but a program to share with them as well.

In an interview when I became a volunteer with the Veterans Administration (VA), the statement “when they get a felony there is no more that can be done!”, came up and the hopelessness of that statement left me wholly incapable of movement for a moment.

No honorably discharged veteran should have those type constraints on their freedom, patriotism or valor as a hero. There must be a method to shield that away from harm, by all means.

Jerry Wayne Curvey, USAF, Vietnam Era Tour of Duty, 1972-1973