Serving after service

Helping vets get their due


August 3, 2023

Tom Mullen/SMCJ

Pat Ford at his "office," the Union Deli in Union. Ford spends his days helping veterans navigate how to apply for post-service benefits.

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 a...

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