Veteran finds roots in Sweet Home


November 8, 2023

provided by Coury Gagne

Gagne operates an ITAS during his deployment in Iraq.

For many who enlist, adrift and uncertain after putting high school behind them, the Army can provide a sense of belonging and purpose. Sweet Home firefighter Coury Gagne found himself among those looking for a place to fit in when he signed up in May of 2012.

"I went to school for welding when I first got done with high school and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life," Gagne said.

His father, also a veteran, told him the Army might be a good pause button. It would turn out to be much more than a pause for Gagne.

"I went in and I really liked it, and I ended up staying for seven...

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