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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

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Letter to the Editor: Kaye Dickson Supports Our Veterans

I served in a combat theater during Operation Enduring Freedom. I’ve known Kaye for close to two decades now. I spent most nights at her home, and in a way, you could almost describe Kaye as a second-mother to myself, and many of our friends. Knowing that I had plans to leave for the Air Force only ten days after graduation, Kaye did her best to help prepare me in any way she knew how. She was always very supportive and proud of my decision to serve. Knowing my intent to enlist in the air force and my interest in firearms, Kaye spoke with my mother introduced me to firearms safety. She taught me how to safely handle and clean the Beretta 92FS handgun, she regularly took us to the shooting range, and taught us respect for the firearm, respect for the other shooters around us, safety, and technique. One thing that stood out most was her constant instance of firearm safety at all times and the importance of only target practicing in designated areas, always letting others know the range was hot.

Kaye’s mentorship really prepared me for the military and led me to successfully qualify, and nearly achieve marksman on my M9 handgun qualification prior to deploying overseas (although I maintain to this day that the range master needed a new prescription while grading my target.) This was an essential skill that could have saved my life in combat.

Whenever we spoke, Kaye continually encouraged myself, and a friend of ours who was also serving, to reach out to her before we finished our service, so that she could help guide us through finding employment within law enforcement. I ended up choosing a different career path for myself, but her offer spoke volumes, nonetheless.

Rewind to when I was 16 years old. I was leaving their home, when a drunk driver ran the red light at Trekell and McMurray, crashing into my truck head on, then nearly running me over in his mad-dash to flee. Sitting at the intersection, cars honking at me to get out of their way, shocked and confused, I drove through the intersection, parked, and called the Casa Grande Police Department, plate number fresh in memory, and told them about the wreck. The officer who arrived proceeded to give me the most epic of tongue-lashings for leaving the scene. At this point, scared, I could have called my mother, I could have called a lawyer, I could have done anything. I called Kaye.

Kaye, after ensuring that I was okay, calmly instructed me to be cooperative, and to come back to their house after the officer completed his investigation. Once completed, the officer allowed me to leave and I went straight to Kaye’s home. She calmed me right down, and explained to me the next steps that I needed to take in order to get the police report and file an insurance claim. Although seemingly minor to most, this was beyond helpful for me, and is just another example of Kaye’s compassion, concern, and calm. Kaye is an amazing, inspirational woman of integrity, and a compassionate mother. This is merely a brief personal account of only a couple of my positive experiences with her. Kaye absolutely supports veterans. She is a patriot with a heart of gold. If I were still a Pinal County resident, she would have my vote without a second thought.

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