Cory Garrison could be headed to war. The Wilson High School senior will enter the Air Force after graduation.
But even though he could be on the battlefield in a little less than a year, he's ready.
" I view this as an opportunity," commented the tall senior from Augusta County. "I'll be ready for what ever they have for me."
And Garrison is not alone. According to local Army recruiters, Uncle Sam depends heavily Shenandoah Valley for soldiers. Recruiting numbers have increased in the Valley every year since 1999. But from 2001-2002 they nearly tripled, with 98 men and women taking the oath for the Army.
So why is military service so popular? Local recruiters said patriotism and duty to country are morals that run high in the Valley.
"The Valley is very patriotic and hard working place to call home," commented Army Captain Kent Daniel. "They grow them with a fear of God and sense of honor around here."