Be Our Change – Two local veterans talk with us about how serving in the military impacted their lives

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ODESSA, Texas – Two local veterans talk with us about how serving our country impacted their lives dramatically.  One even named his Midland Company in honor of that military background.

“I joined the military because at the time there was an Iraq war going on and then my dad was Navy,” said Jay Bouston, Patriot Safety and Services President/CEO.  “Growing up seeing my dad in the Navy, on the big ships and how he traveled the world and the experiences he got from that was pretty inspiring.”

It also inspired the name of  Jay Bouston’s company, “Patriot Safety and Services.”

“The definition of Patriot is just being there for your countryman or being there for your neighbor,” said Bouston.

The Big Spring resident served in the Air Force for nine years.

“Working inside of Patriot, we operate like a well-defined machine,” said Jim Watkins, Patriot Safety and Services Chief Operations Officer.

Watkins also served in the military.  The Odessa resident spent 21 years in the Army and Army National Guard.  

“There was a shift in military defense posture, meaning we used to look outward as far as how things were threat assessment.  Then we had to look at things within,” said Watkins

He was also deployed four times after 9-11.

“There were men and women and soldiers in general that did far more than I did,” said Watkins.  “I think, in my case, the military prepared me for what all I’ve done in my civilian career.”

Bouston encourages people to support our troops and says one easy way to do that is to send care packages to those who are deployed.

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