2013 Military Appreciation Month – Feature #5

May is Military Appreciation Month!

In honor of this, we are featuring employees from all subsidiaries of Barrett Industries who are or were active in the military! In addition, we will also feature employees who honor and give back to military families and organizations in their communities!

JustinPrattSPRING CREEK CORPORATION – The fifth (5th) and FINAL feature article for Military Appreciation Month comes from our concrete division in Ohio. Justin Pratt is a Ready-Mix Driver for Spring Creek Corporation. He is also a father of four and a husband and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, many Americans felt the need to do something in honor of their country. That is why, in 2006, Justin enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 33. He knew that not only would he be helping his country, but also his family.

In May of 2006, Justin left his wife and four small children at home to begin basic training – in addition to advanced individual training – at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was away from home for five months prior to being stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

During his time at Fort Campbell, five soldiers were chosen to receive field medic training within his unit. Justin was one of the soldiers selected to receive this advanced training in order to assist with the injured while being deployed. A couple of months into the medic training, Justin injured his right knee. Shortly after this injury (approximately two months before he was scheduled to deploy) he injured his left knee.

It was at that time that he was given a medical discharge from the military. It was disheartening for Justin to not be able to follow through with his intentions to protect and fight for his country and family.

On behalf of Justin’s efforts – and the efforts of all others defending our nation including those that previously defended our nation – Barrett Industries would like to thank you ALL!  We are honored to be able to work with and next to such compassionate, self-sacrificing and brave individuals.

It has been a great pleasure to write and read these stories. They show the true spirit of courage and freedom. For every man and every woman now serving, planning to serve, and who has served in the past – we thank you and appreciate all you have done and will do!!

Happy Military Appreciation Month!