Student follows in family’s footsteps by joining National Guard

By Kylie Neel 

The National Guard family just got a little bigger.

Grant Madden, a senior at Ruston High School, recently decided to join the National Guard, following in the footsteps of his family.

“My grandfather served In Vietnam in the late ’60s,” Madden said. “He would always tell stories to me about his experience all while I looked up to him growing up.”

Madden’s great-grandfather fought in World War II, his grandfather served in Vietnam, and his stepdad served in Afghanistan and Kuwait. Hearing their stories was a deciding influence in his decision, he said.

My stepdad got me interested in the National Guard, and telling me stories about it gained more interest and grabbed my attention,” he said.

Madden then turned to National Guard recruiter Chris Taylor, who shed some more light on the military experience. Taylor explained to Madden that being part of the National Guard allows individuals to serve their state and country.

“The role of the National Guard comes down to three parts,” Taylor said. “We serve federally, we serve in combat, and we also serve the state.”

Taylor said Madden’s joining the Guard will help him pay for college tuition as well as help out Madden’s local community.

“We want to get more information out about the National Guard, so others would be more willing to serve the country,” he said.

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