Veterans from various branches don’t stop serving their community when they leave the military.
Some find a new purpose by joining a volunteer fire department.
Victor Angry, a veteran, spoke about his experience as a member of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department (DCVFD).
Angry serves as a technician, a member of the Board of Directors, and the fire department’s public education coordinator.
What is your background?
I retired from the United States Army after 23 years of service. My last assignment was as the Interim Command Sergeant Major for the Army National Guard.
What do you do now?
I started a leader development company where we focus on developing leaders and employees of the organization. I’m a member of the Association of the United States Army Auxiliary Board. I’m also a current member of the Board of Veteran Services for Virginia — appointed by the Governor — and I’m currently a board member for the Board of Directors for the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department.
Why did you join?
I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter, since I was about 10 years old. So, a part of me is living out a childhood dream. Another part of me is living out fulfillment that I’ve always had since the military. I’ve always enjoyed being a member of, basically, a time-honored tradition. And esprit de corps and teamwork has been important to me all of my military career, and since I’ve joined the fire department, I’ve found that structure again through its current members and its support of my community.
How has the military experience applied to the fire department?
One thing the military produces is leaders, and a big part of leadership is mentorship. And I [grew] for one in the military through mentors that have helped me to achieve and be the person that I am today. And so I just brought that forward and to the fire department by offering to be a mentor and also get a lot more guidance from guys who have been doing this longer than me. So what I bring to the table is my experience as a leader and as a mentor, and I share that with both my junior and my senior firefighters in this industry.
Have you seen how Dale City Volunteer Fire Department helps veterans?
The fire department has been really a blessing for veterans in the military, and there’s one word that really sums it up — and I’ve heard this from a lot of veterans that are here — and that word is “purpose.” Being a member of a volunteer fire department structure system is the fact that you get back a purpose in life. You’re helping your community and you are a part of a brotherhood, a sisterhood that we cherish and hold dearly as veterans, as military members. And to be a part of that, again, in this structure is an incredible feeling. And I can just tell you that one word that you’re going to hear over and over is going to be “purpose” — that we get that back, and we’re proud to be a part of that.
To join the DCVFD, visit https://www.dcvfd.org/membership.
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