A veteran of the first Gulf War is spending his retirement in the classroom. Former Marine Ken Dickman is using using his experiences to teach his students an important lesson in his fifth grade classroom at Coosa Elementary. He teaches English, math, and science, but nearly 13 years ago, this retired marine supported the entire Second Marine Corps Division in the Middle East as part of the Gulf War effort. He supplied his troops with ammunition, first aid and food. Now he shares those experiences with his students.
"Being able to share them with the kids brings them more up close and personal to what's really going on," Dickman said. "What people actually wear in other countries, what they use for equipment."
Although Dickman retired 13 years ago after the war, there's still a part of him that wants to be with his fellow Marines in the Middle East.
"It is definitely hard, because you are trained, that's your job, you really want to get involved," he said.
Although this retired Marine isn't wearing his uniform any more, he continues to show off his American pride, hanging up "support our troops" signs and making sure his students don't forget about the men and women who are fighting for our freedoms in the Middle East.
Dickman and his class have also been sending emails overseas to our troops. Dickman has been a teacher in Beaufort County for ten years.