With July 4 approaching, Americans are asked to remember the sacrifices that this country’s service members make every day in the name of freedom.
Among those preparing to fight, protect and serve in the name of freedom overseas is Lance Cpl. Caylen S. Vetter, 24, of Bishop.
Vetter, a 2005 Bishop Union High School graduate, is gearing up with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to be deployed to Afghanistan this summer.
Vetter has been in the military for two years.
According to the lance corporal, deployment will not be easy, but he and his fellow Marines have been training hard and feel as prepared as possible for whatever challenges they may face. He also noted that being away from his family is never fun, but he knows his family will be in good hands while he’s overseas.
“I feel great about the upcoming deployment. My unit CLB-11 is currently training rigorously in order to be efficient at any obstacle we may encounter. I am really looking forward to it and cannot wait to see the world,” Vetter said. “Yes, I will miss my family a lot. However, they have an amazing support system of friends and family here to help them with anything that happens while I am gone.”
Vetter’s parents, Randy and Carol Archuleta, live in Hammil Valley. He is married to Alie Parker-Vetter.
His wife said the best thing for the U.S.’ deployed troops is knowing folks at home are thinking about them.
“We at home are responsible for keeping up the spirits of our Marines. As a wife, mother, daughter, or friend of a deployed Marine, it is crucial to remind them of their support and pride at home,” she said. “Care packages, letters and prayers speak volumes to our men and women overseas. Although a letter may only take 10 minutes to write, it could mean the difference between grief and optimism for the one receiving it. When a person deploys, one of their worst fears is being forgotten back home.”