Terrorist attacks force soldiers to enlist
ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – September 11, 2001 was a day to remember not only because our country suffered an act of terror, but for some it solidified how they would spend their future.
Scott West and Tim Hocut both joined the Army and Sergeant Major Lance Nutt re-enlisted in the Marines.
All three live in Northwest Arkansas.
“What can I do to change this? What can I do as an American so that I can serve my country and that was join the armed forces, ”West said.
He wasn’t even old enough to join the military in 2001, so he enlisted as soon as he was eligible, in August 2003. He was actually 17 and turned 18 in a camp. workout (which he said he doesn’t recommend).
Two and a half months after its formation, the 19 Delta Recon Scout left for Iraq, where its team provided support for the convoy.
West said: “If someone were to be hit in a vehicle or something in our area of operation, we would be down and over there within 15 minutes, pulling in 360 degree security for them. can get back on the road and continue. Go.”
Three days before he returned home in February 2007, an explosion ended his military career.
“[The explosion] made a hole about 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep and the truck about 4 feet in the air, “West continued,” I bled on the ground for about 55 minutes and died three times and I woke up to Walter Reed. “
It was only six days after the accident that he finally regained his senses.
Excited to see his mother sitting next to her hospital bed, he leaned over and: “I didn’t have the weight to bend over and that’s when my legs came in front of me.” and I realized that I was missing both of my legs. “
West realized he was a double amputee. He underwent 38 surgeries in his first 60 days back on American soil.
His legs weren’t all he had lost during his time abroad. He deployed with a party of 13 and only four or five came back alive.
West said: “What I had to go through, what I had to see and what I had to do was traumatic.”
This plunged West into a deep depression, which led to six years of alcohol and drug use and even jail time for the Army vet.
Tim Hocut was in grade 7 when our country suffered the terrorist acts of September 11.
He joined the Army’s Deferred Entry Program in 2006 and completed basic training in 2007.
Hocut served in Germany and Italy before volunteering to travel to Iraq in March 2010.
He said. “I had to get there, I had to play my part. I have a role in this country and it is to be there, it is to be for the civilians and to be there for everyone.
“When you go to another country like Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s a life-changing moment. These men and women go there to help change lives, not to fight. 99% of them want to do something better, ”Hocut said.
Abroad, he re-enlisted to serve in the military for another eight years.
But, in August 2010, the military policeman was injured and had to be demobilized for medical reasons.
Sergeant Major Lance Nutt said his service began on the day he was born.
“Based on the fact that my dad was a Marine, he was a naval aviator in the Marine Corps for 20 years, so I was fortunate enough to grow up with heroes,” Nutt said.
He enlisted at the age of 17 and underwent basic training when he was 18 in 1989.
It was his father who had him sworn in before his father retired.
About a year and a half after joining, the Gulf War began and Nutt deployed to the front lines.
He served his sentence, then returned to Arkansas where he remained on the reserves and attended the University of Arkansas.
Nutt was even a recruiter in Northwest Arkansas for about five years.
It was not until 2000 that he decided to end his career with the Marines.
That was until September 11, 2001.
“Based on what I had spent my life wanting to do, which is to serve my country, I knew that in this time of great need, there was no doubt that I would return.” , Nutt said.
For Nutt, it was not a if, but a when.
At the time, the Marines weren’t taking ex-servicemen, but when the insurgency escalated in Iraq, his chance to deploy returned.
In 2003, he was deployed to Al Taqaddum, which he described as an area smack in the middle of two hot spots in western Iraq.
The first of what became three deployments to the Middle East after 9/11.
After a 30-year career in the Marines, Nutt retired in 2018.
September 11, 2001 not only inspired Nutt, Hocut and West to join the military, but it is also what led to the creation of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance.
“There wouldn’t have been so much need for Sheep Dog if it hadn’t been for 9/11,” Nutt continued, “we’ve had a whole new generation of combat vets who have been traumatized and gone. committed suicide. “
The Rogers-based nonprofit founded by Nutt has grown into a national organization serving veterans, law enforcement and first responders.
Nutt said: “September 11th started with firefighters and police officers breaking into these buildings and dyeing in an attempt to save lives and that is what a sheepdog is.”
With a ‘helping is healing’ mindset, Sheep Dog empowers men and women with the desire to serve the ability to do so through disaster response and adventure in the midst of mission programs. air.
“What we are trying to do with our organization is to emphasize with our community of veterans that they are the best of us as a society and that if they are not ready to continue serving and to give back, who? ”Nutt said.
It also connects those who have been injured in combat or in the line of duty with others who have gone through something similar.
For Nutt, Hocut, and West, joining the military isn’t all they have in common.
They all work for Sheep Dog where they continue their service.
Nutt is the CEO of Sheep Dog, Hocut is the team coordinator and West is the director of the outdoor adventure program.
says West. “After joining the sheepdog, I feel like my life has been saved twice. The first time was on this battlefield when I died when God saved my life and I lived it and my second time was when I found Sheep Dog.