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Veteran’s Day Interview: Russ Jones

Russ Jones during his military service days.

This coming Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans’ Day, a national holiday that started in 1938 to celebrate the nation’s veterans. For this Veteran’s Day, I asked Russ Jones, a teacher at James Monroe Middle School who served in the Navy, about his experience in the armed forces.


Elena Benavides: When did you join the Navy?


Russ Jones: January 21, 1991.


What made you decide to join the military?


I needed a job and was flunking out of college.


Why the navy specifically?


I did it to spite the Air Force recruiter who made me mad.


What did you like (or not like) about it?


I loved being a firefighter.  I loved being part of a team and preparing to save lives.


Why did you decide to become a teacher after the Navy?  


I wanted to coach football and have a lot of time off.  Turns out, I really enjoy teaching!


If at all, how does being a veteran affect your teaching?


Being a veteran who served my entire time overseas gives me a world view that many people don’t get to enjoy.


Would you recommend joining the Navy to your students?


I have and I DO recommend it to my students.  I tell them that if they want to make it a career with a family to join the Air Force but if they want to serve a shorter time but have the ability to see the world, the Navy is the way to go.

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