The closest Kyle Lynch came to combat was watching a video of an Apache helicopter attack from a small room at the Schofield Army Base in Honolulu.
Although Lynch, 26, who was then an intelligence analyst for the Army, said he realized it takes more than just combat soldiers to keep this country free.
“Freedom is not free,” Lynch said. “It is paid for in blood and souls. Just to get to it is hard, and to maintain it costs the same.”
Lynch, who now attends Westwood College in Denver, was recruited by the Army at 18. Because he scored high on his assessment tests, he was given the opportunity to become an analyst or linguist.
He spent the next six years on bases in California, Texas and Hawaii. But throughout that time Lynch never “let the Army break him” like he felt was done for others.
He also doesn’t believe that days like Veteran’s Day are in honor of him.
“Kyle’s always felt like he doesn’t deserve it,” said Carrie Lynch, Kyle’s wife and a senior zoology major. “(His job) may not have seemed like something, but it is. It is important to acknowledge what’s done.”
Although Lynch is no longer serving, he was able to raise a family – two children, Kaila, 5, and Christopher, 20 months – and provide for them while both Carrie and he go to school full time, while at the same time doing something for his country.
From those who fight on the front lines, to those who clean, cook and maintain, to those in the intelligence areas, all are honored on days like Veteran’s Day because those are the people that keep the country free, Carrie said.
“People value their freedoms,” Carrie, 25, said. “Everyone should thank the veterans; thank them all because they all depend on each other (to keep this country free).”
Staff writer Valerie Hisam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.