‘A desire to serve my fellow veterans’
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Following his return from basic training, Pat McCormick was approached by a friend’s father (a colonel with the 5th Special Forces Group) with a less than pleasant request — to help stand guard over 20 flag-draped coffins of fallen soldiers.
Agreeing to the request, McCormick soon realized the personal satisfaction derived from service to others.
“This event really had a profound impact on me,” said McCormick, 57, Jefferson City. “It helped me understand the sacrifices made by others and started my desire to honor and assist my fellow veterans.”
McCormick’s own immersion in the military culture began in 1973. After basic training, he ....