Jose Roman joined the active duty on September 11, 1991. He eventually transitioned to the Naval Reserve in 1995 working with Naval Special Warfare. After the 9/11 attack, he went back in active duty after 10 years to support the global war on terror.
Things got a bit emotional when he shared that he lost his parents at such a young age. He was still in his junior year when his dad died. Soon after, his mother passed away before his senior year.
Jose mentioned that he decided to join the military because he knew that he’s not going anywhere after high school. He didn’t take any SAT and admittedly said that he was a bad kid who did some bad stuff back in the day. Consequently, the bad stuff that he did led him to do some community hours at the Navy recruiting station.
He also mentioned that there’s no one in the family who previously served in the military. However, the appeal of joining the military to him is really just driving tanks, blowing stuff up, and running stuff over…
In this episode, Jose shared a couple of stories from when he was still in the boot camp, narrated how things went during his first deployment, and openly shared how his years of service went by.
Listen in until the end to know how 9/11 affected him and how he knew that he was ready to go on active duty the moment it happened. Speaking of which, you will get to have a glimpse of how a true patriot spent his years serving the country.