By TIM HENDRICK
Landmark News Service
The military has been a part of roughly half of Wesley Verner’s life. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., he joined the United States Army after graduating high school in 1992. He left for Ft. Knox, Ky., on Aug. 13, 1992, for his basic training and also completed his Advanced Individual Training schooling at Ft. Knox.
He retired as a staff sergeant after 20-and-a-half years of service.