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Serving after service

Helping vets get their due

It's a lesson Pat Ford learned time and again since his days as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Marines Corps.

"We've all matured, grown up, and we see that life is fragile, so fragile, it behooves me when I see people gaff it off. You and I don't know when we're gonna die," he told the Journal.

Ford enlisted in the Corps in 1966, and his aptitude tests showed him suited for interrogation work.

"I was facing the draft and I had a choice. And I didn't want to be a grunt so I enlisted for three years. That was after I got thrown out of college - I got thrown out of the girls' dormitory at L...


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