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Tonight, Dave Daniels was honored as the Veteran of the Month by the Hangar 25 Air Museum. Daniels is from Rotan, Texas and has served four-and-a-half years in the United States Air Force. Daniels served as Security Police during Desert Storm.

After his time in the military, Daniels became employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he's been employed for 26 years and is set to retire in two months. Daniels credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today.

Daniels stated that he didn't pursue collegiate education until he was 40 years-old, but, despite his late start, he received his Associates from Howard College, his Bachelors from Midwestern, and his Masters from Sul Ross - all in Criminal Justice; and he was able to accomplish this within 5 years. He also went on to advise that he was able to pay for his education because of the Hazelwood Act, and other education programs that are available for Veterans.

When asked why education was so important to him, Daniels stated, "We grew up in poverty. My grandmother explained to us that the only way for us to make a change is to educate ourselves. Once I started going to school and I start seeing doors opening up for me, I understood her vision."

"I didn't understand it as a kid, but as an adult I understand what her vision was with education, and that education is vitally important for Americans and everyone."

With retirement on the horizon for Daniels, he says he doesn't have a plan for what happens next but he's going to let God guide him. He stated that he wants to continue to recruit for the military, recruit for college, and give back to others.

He went on to say that he credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today, and it is because of this that he encourages everyone to serve in the military at least four years to show respect for this country, learn to respect each other, and to learn that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world.

 

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