Today is "Thank a Veteran Day" in Big Spring, and KBest Media would like to thank Steven Purdy for his 6 years of service to our country.
Originally from upstate New York, Purdy enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served 2 years. During his time in service, he served as an equipment operator with the Seabees. Afterwards, he went on to serve 2 years in the Marine Corps and 2 years in the reserve. He also did three tours in Vietnam.
Purdy grew up in a military family, telling KBest News that the Purdy’s have had a family member serve in every war since the Revolutionary War. In fact, Purdy’s great great uncle had served with George Washington and his home became Washington’s headquarters for a battle that lasted many months. It’s now known as the Jacob Purdy House.
After serving in the military, Purdy ran heavy equipment and went on to work for a large energy company until he retired at the age of 44.
Looking back at his military career, Purdy said that serving in the U.S. military was one of the proudest moments of his life.
“Now I can say that. Back then, it was entirely different. You were just trying to survive, but now, so very proud to be called a veteran,” said Purdy.
When asked if he has any advice for someone considering enlisting in the military, Purdy advised people should really think hard about doing it because one may be asked to do things that they’d never want to do.
He also went on to say, “It will make you grow as a man or woman. It will put you on the right path in life. That and being a Christian is who I am today, and I am so proud of who I am today and what I do today. I would advise young people to think it over, talk to people, and then do it.
I mean, it’s our country, and it’s a responsibility of men and women to stand up for their country and serve their country.”
Now, Purdy serves as a volunteer with the pain management and whole health programs at the West Texas VA in Big Spring. He also helps run PTSD groups and serves with the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. In his free time he likes to work in his yard and volunteers at church.