We, at Oil Changers, are proud to present the first edition of a new segment: Veteran Voices. This new series profiles Oil Changers customers who are veterans! It is an honor to highlight the veterans who make our country and business great! Oil Changers supports our troops and are honored to recognize them for all they have sacrificed.
Roy Arce is a Bay Area native who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 when he was 20 years old. Roy was in the Marines for 5 years at the Yuma, Arizona base where he worked as a Jet Engine Mechanic. He was awarded many medals during his time in the Marines; the National Defense Medal, Navy Combination Medal, and Good Conduct Medal, to name a few.
When we asked if there was anything he missed from the Marines, he said “The discipline. The whole thing really. The base is run in a way that makes everything go smoothly. Everyone knew their tasks. Definitely a lot of order which I enjoyed”. “There’s one gentleman I remember fondly, Supermarine they would call him. Loud, crazy, super out there. He would do an 8-mile run with all his gear and would sprint past everyone else”. He says as he reminisced.
Although he enjoyed his time there, the thing he missed the most was being around his family. But he didn’t have to go a long time without seeing them he says.”Yeah, I would call them all the time and I would even drive up 9.5 hours to see them.”
Furthermore, when we asked how the military experience affected his life today and he said “Depending on the branch, the transition to civilian life can be hard. The Marines were one of the tougher ranks. Definitely had an effect. Out here, the responses to issues are handled differently. As I said, the order of things was important”
Lastly on behalf of Oil Changers, thank you for your service, Roy. Furthermore, we thank you for taking the time to speak with us about your story and experience. Roy is just one of many veterans and active duty military that frequent Oil Changers. We are proud to provide service to those who have served us. If you are ever in need of an oil change or any other car services, give us a shot. We have 150-plus locations open 7 days a week, and most offer drive-thru oil changes in 15 minutes or less! Just a reminder, veterans and active duty military receive 15% off their entire invoice!
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