Published Date Written by Eric Wise
Erin McCurdy was greeting diners at a restaurant, helping them to their seats in 2005, when her cousin started working on her.
“My cousin just got into recruiting for the National Guard and was constantly asking me to join,” McCurdy said. “I knew I didn’t want to work as a hostess forever, and I really didn’t want to go to college.”
At the time, the U.S. was heavily involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 200,000 troops deployed in the region. Still, McCurdy enlisted on Feb. 15, 2006.
“I knew at the time there was a war going on and I knew I could deploy,” McCurdy said. “It didn’t bother me because I wanted to do whatever I could to serve my country.”