I was married at the time of the lottery, with a one year-old son. I had been using the student deferment, but due to my low GPA I was out of school for a semester. There goes my deferment. I was called for physicals two times and got out due to flat feet. I was set to go for my third exam and a sure induction when the lottery was conducted. I remember waiting to hear the lottery numbers picked. When I heard my number my family were happy campers.

I later finished school and the one year-old turns 40 this Sunday (Oct. 25).
Time flies.

I am grateful for the time and education I got at State. It was really the best time of my life.