Teacher Is also a Military Veteran

Veterans Day is a day that we celebrate to honor those who have served in our military. 


Deborah Sanders, first-grade teacher at Arizona Desert Elementary is a veteran. Sanders is a retired military officer who served in the Air Force for 21 years. Sanders retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel.


“My career began in the military during myfreshman year of college. I joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at my school. I stayed in ROTC for four years and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant when I

graduated,” says Sanders.


Sanders had many jobs throughout her military career. Sanders stated she served as a Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics Officer, Squadron Commander and Air Force Inspection Agency Inspector.


Sanders says , “For me, being a veteran is just like being any other person. I know that serving in the armed forces elevates many to higher levels in society. I did not join the military for recognition and praise. I had an opportunity to serve my country and I did so willingly.”

Sanders advice to kids wanting to go into the military, “The military is indeed a great way of life. You are embraced by a huge family that will be there for you. The military offers career choices and opportunities to help you focus, grow, learn and be the best that you can be. The military is truly a great service oriented job. In many ways it is just like teaching. In both you sacrifice much for the greater good of mankind.”

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Karen Golden