The Times West Virginian

November 14, 2012

‘A family tradition’

For Vedder, ‘the military has opened my eyes’

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Though he may be finishing up his last couple of months as a member of the National Guard, Aaron Vedder will always have a lifetime full of military memories.

A self-proclaimed military brat, Vedder, 30, grew up watching his father live the life of a Marine. When the time for high school graduation arrived, Vedder didn’t have to think twice about what direction his life was going to take.

“It’s a family tradition,” Vedder said. “Every male in my family has been military. As soon as I graduated high school I joined the military, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” 

Vedder followed in his father’s footsteps by starting out as a Marine. In 2001, Vedder went to boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. According to Vedder, he was at more of an advantage than some of his counterparts when it came to enduring the physically demanding training.

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