FALL 2018

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ISTOCKPHOTO GUEST COLUMN 40 Navy | Fall 2018 A Navy SEAL from 2002 to 2012, I had three deployments to Iraq under my belt and had just nished a year-long deployment to Afghanistan when I returned to the United States. I served another six months in the military and transitioned to civilian life, and I was totally lost as to what to do next with my life. I wanted to unplug for a while. I didn't want to answer to anyone. So, I moved from my duty station in San Diego to upstate New York where I began boxing out of a small gym. A…er eight months of boxing, I moved in with one of my best friends from college and his family who lived on the outside of New York City. His family invited me to stay with them while I contemplated my next step in life. I am godfather to my best friend's oldest daughter who was 8 years old at the time. Daily she came home from school with di‰erent books she was supposed to read and discuss with her family. Sometimes, I read to her at night and we discussed the stories. It was "Char- lotte's Web" that made me think about my purpose a…er military life, deployments and losing fellow service members. I was reading her the story and in chapter 21, "Že Last Day," E.B. White writes of the last conversation between Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig, before Char- lotte dies. Wilbur, feeling like he has never done anything to deserve A New Role to Play One veteran describes how he made the transition to civilian life. By William Wagasy Wilbur, feeling like he has never done anything to deserve the grace Char- lotte has shown him by spinning her webs, ques- tions Charlotte as to why she would go to such lengths for him. Continued on page 42

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