Doug Richart felt he needed to do something more to give back to his country after joining the ROTC at the University of Arkansas.
The native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and current Halifax County resident joined the U. S. Army and did two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the legendary Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne.
Richart was recognized Friday as the Fry, Jordan and Wilson Insurance Veteran of the Month.
Richart joined the Army in 2011 and first was stationed at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.
A member of the 187th 3rd Brigade combat team of the 3rd Battalion, Richart did two tours in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013.
“Something told me I wanted to do something more,” recalled Richart of his time at the University of Arkansas. “I went ahead and left school and joined the military, and it’s done a lot of good for me.
“I learned a lot of leadership and management skills and an appreciation of what I have. When you get deployed, it opens your mind up to what we have back here.”
Richart left the Army on May 3, 2015 and currently works in the construction industry and is studying construction management online through Everglades University.
He is the father of three children and is married to the former Brittany Garrett, who he met through an Army buddy.
“It’s a great honor,” Richart said of being the first honoree as Veteran of the Month. “It means a lot to me, especially for the ones who aren’t with us anymore.”
Fry Jordan and Wilson co-owner Ward Burton gave credit to Lisa Strange of Fry, Jordan and Wilson Insurance for coming up with the Veteran of the Month program.
“It’s just natural for what my foundation has done over the past several years to tie it into Fry, Jordan and Wilson,” he said. “You have to give credit to Lisa Strange. It was her idea, it was perfect, and really it’s to recognize guys like Doug.”
Richart is one of dozens of veterans invited to his annual veterans’ event at The Cove on May 20, Burton added.
“We always try to think of things to do for the community, and this is perfect,” Burton noted.
“We’re so thankful to Doug for agreeing to do it.”