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‘A desire to serve my fellow veterans’

Master Sgt. Pat McCormick’s extensive military career has provided him with experiences that have encouraged his participation in veteran-centric groups such as the American Legion Riders.

Master Sgt. Pat McCormick’s extensive military career has provided him with experiences that have encouraged his participation in veteran-centric groups such as the American Legion Riders.

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 ....

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