“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
This quote, from Joseph Campbell, represents our country’s veterans perfectly.
As Veterans Day approaches, we want to recognize the veterans we employ at Lezzer Lumber, and offer our thanks and support to the more than 20 million veterans across the nation. Your courage and service inspires us.
Tim Kurtz has been a part of Lezzer Lumber since 2013 and serves as the location manager for Manheim and Exton, PA. He recently took some time to share his thoughts as a veteran.
Lezzer: What branch of military did you serve in and when?
Tim: I served in the USMC from 1982 to 1988.
L: Where did you serve the majority of time in service?
Tim: Majority of my service when stateside and not deployed was Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
L: How did (does) your military experience affect your life/career today?
Tim: The Marine Corps has taught me the tremendous importance of comradery and how you must improvise and adapt to different challenges with a positive attitude towards team spirit and unity.
L: What was the most rewarding thing about your time in the military and why?
Tim: Some of my most rewarding experiences were while deployed overseas. My first overseas tour was Okinawa, Japan. We then deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean for 6 months where we docked in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France for joint military exercises. Skiing in Austria and visiting Venice were among my favorites.
L: What sacrifices did you make to serve in the military?
Tim: At that time in my life other than not being around family at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, I don’t feel I sacrificed anything. I was more than happy to serve my Country!
L: Why did you decide to join military?
Tim: I joined the Marines to be part of an elite group of individuals and to experience world travel. My good friend who I always competed with enlisted and coaxed me to join.
L: Anything else you would like to add about your military career?
Tim: I would not trade my military experience for anything. The people I have met, the lessons I have learned, the knowledge I have gained has been a life changing experience. When the chips are down and it looks like there’s no way to accomplish something, I will often revert back to my drill instructor screaming at the top of his lungs, “Put your big boy pants on, suck it up, and get it done.” Of course, it was said a little differently.
This Veterans Day Lezzer Lumber is very proud and honored to recognize the many veterans and active military members across our company. We recognize the values of integrity, trust, respect and commitment to excellence instilled through military service, and we proudly honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation.
Current Lezzer Lumber Staff with Military Service Time:
Ken Test – 502nd Armored Medical Detachment, US Army 1961-1964 (Curwensville)
Patrick LeMay – Army Engineer Corps, Spec 5 (Butler)
Richard Leibold – United States Air Force, Tsgt (Stockertown)
Samuel Bossert – Private First Class, Army National Guard (Stockertown)
Victoria Brooks – US Marine Corps (Corporate)
Doug Lingle – USMC, Corporal (State College)
Tim Kurtz – USMC 1982-1986 (Manheim)
Maurice Lezzer – US Navy, Seabee (Curwensville)
Kurt Getz – US Army, Sergeant 1978-1982 (State College)
Don Nickerson – US Army 1984-1988 (Lancaster)
Devin Moore – Combat Engineer, US Army, Sergeant (Truss Plant)
Bill Hunt – US Army (Truss Plant)
Robert Lumadue– US Navy (Truss Plant)
Don Clark – US Army (Truss Plant)
Tyler Thompson – US Air Force (Curwensville)
Aaron Derrick – PA Army National Guard (Truss Plant)
Ron Rogers – US Marine Corp, 1968-1974 – E5 (Truss Plant)
Fred Smythe – PA National Guard, 1979-1985 (Truss Plant)
Chris Powers – US Army (Truss Plant)
Bill Gillen – Army National Guard, Spec 4 (Curwensville)
Doug Young – US Army, SP4 (DuBois)