Veteran’s Day, an annual holiday that takes place on November 11th, honors and celebrates military veterans and all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Loafer has decided to feature several veterans to create an honorary veteran spread, instead of the typical one “Veteran of the Week” that we normally feature. We asked our followers on our Facebook page to nominate their loved ones in honor of Veteran’s Day, so we could create an article explaining their stories and time in the military for each one of them.
We are proud to present three veterans, all nominated by their loved ones: Vincent “Hunter” Arnold, Michael Tallman, and Shane Little. Keep reading to learn about their stories and what they have experienced while serving our country. And remember to thank a veteran today!
One of the Loafer’s featured veterans for this week is Vincent “Hunter” Arnold. Hunter currently serves in the United States Marine Corps after enlisting in the service at the age of 19 years old in 2018. He graduated boot camp in February of 2019 and is currently stationed at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As for why he decided to serve his country, Hunter wanted to do something better for himself and something that he could be proud of. His rank is Private First Class, and he is currently working toward the rank of Lance Corporal. Hunter serves in the Infantry Division as a Rifleman. He has received a National Defense Ribbon and earned the distinction of Sharpshooter in the Rifle Qualification.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Hunter has formed several close friendships, including his buddy and brother, Treisch, whom he met in boot camp. They hit it off from the start and stuck together through training. They continue to be friends today and spend their liberty together on the weekends. Hunter stated that the Marine Corps has affected his life greatly by making him a better person and shaping him to be the man he is today.
One of our featured veterans for this edition is Shane Little. Mr. Little enlisted into the Army at the age of 18 and went to basic training in January of 1992. As for why he wanted to enlist, he noted that he felt an obligation to serve and protect our country.
While in the service, he was deployed to Iraq twice and also assisted in the humanitarian efforts in Somalia, however there was also a very hostile environment there. He had the opportunity to travel to Kuwait, United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, Spain, Romania, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Hungary, Greenland, Iceland, Egypt, and Canada. His service ended in July of 2013 when he was medically retired after 21 years in the military. For his service, he received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and was awarded the Joint Meritorious Achievement Medal for service in several locations.
After his service ended, Mr. Little moved back to Tennessee to enjoy time with his family. He stated that the military has helped him grow into a better person and allowed him to form several very close friendships that have become more like family, and he has continued those friendships today.
One of our featured veterans for this edition is Michael Tallman! At the age of 17, Michael enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. He served in active duty from 1998 to 2001. The events of September 11, 2001 had a huge impact on him, so he decided to join the National Guard in 2007. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 to 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2011 to 2012, where he received the Combat Infantry Badge. During his time, he served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, more commonly known as the War on Terror. Michael has been in the military for 16 years and today, he is currently still serving in the National Guard as an E-5 Sergeant. The military has allowed him to be able to handle anything that may come his way and has given him the opportunity to form many friendships and a true brotherhood over the year.
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