Today is a day that so many of us remember with sobriety and put our political feelings aside in honor of loving the people of this country. Perhaps that is something we need to remember every day, and it is with that sentiment that I bring you an amazing military man that served in our US Army.
On this Patriot’s Day, otherwise known as 9/11 to so many, I bring another proud American that served our country: Tim James.
Tim James served from 1989 to 2014, and what he said was supposed to be a 4-year stint turned into a career. At the time, he thought it was money for college and he was pretty unsure of what he wanted to do with his life, but his dad and grandparents had served so it seemed like a logical choice. Little did he know he was destined to stay in. He was stationed in Washington, D.C., Georgia, New York, Missouri, Nebraska, and did tours overseas including a deployment to Iraq.
Apparently, Tim was quite a multi-tasker as he had jobs that ranged from infantry to instructor to policeman to even being a recruiter. His time in the Army was an opportunity for him to meet other people and learn some life lessons like how to deal with others and interact with them and see how the other half of the world lives. His favorite memories are a love for his soldiers and being an advocate for them and, well, maybe a few stories that aren’t appropriate for publishing! Lol
He said, quite frankly, the military changes you, and that isn’t a bad thing. It was through his service that he realized we should never take anything for granted. He says that after being overseas and seeing how other people live, he knows that Americans have it good and we should appreciate what we’ve got. He also mentioned that hard work and persistence always pays off. That certainly is the case for James.
James is now a contractor in Omaha but has returned to school to get his education degree to teach history and English and be a coach. He feels strongly about education and about family. He’s been married to his wife, Doreen, for over 20 years and adores his 3 children. Noel is a Junior and runs track at UNI. Their son, Noah, is a senior at Treynor playing lots of sports with a definite future in high jump. Aubree is a freshman and into volleyball and soccer. Of course, he didn’t forget to mention their dog, Tucker. Clearly, he loves his family time, but also takes time out to hunt, fish, and enjoy time with other Vets.
I asked what he wished all Americans understand and his answer was quite eloquent: “America is the greatest country and it is well worth it, despite its flaws and mistakes. It is the greatest.” He referenced the Reagan quote about it being the shining light on the hill as a beacon and how we should respect it as such.
Well, Tim, we respect you for your service, for your love of community, and for your genuineness.
Pott. Co. is honored that you call this home!
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