SSG Raemon Strickland was born on July 31, 1946 in Philadelphia.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and did tours of duty all around the world.

In his years of military service, he spent over three years in Vietnam, three years in Korea and three years in Germany.

Strickland spent 21 years of his life in the military from 1965-1986.

When asked what his military service meant to him, he said, “A whole hell of a lot. I joined to serve my country. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”

After the military, he worked for the Leesville Police Department and also worked as a Bail Enforcement Agent.

He is happily married and has three daughters, and three grandchildren.

If you see Strickland, or any veteran, he would surely appreciate a handshake and acknowledgement of the sacrifice and the commitment veterans have made in the lofty endeavor of securing American liberty.

They are solely responsible for having protected our fortunate state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior or political views. And that is a priceless act of service.