Abe Trindle is a freshman in history from Martinsville, Indiana.
Service then: Abe enlisted in the Navy in 2001 and became a member of SEAL Team 8 after graduating BUD/S class 241. He has served three tours in Iraq. “In high school, I was involved in many extracurricular activities, but was an underachiever. I wanted to prove to myself and others that I had what it took to be successful and the SEAL teams provided that opportunity.”
Service now: A multi-sport athlete in high school, Abe joined the Purdue football team as a walk-on safety after some eight years away from the sport. “In the SEAL teams, the men are professional warfighters and brotherhood is a common virtue. I thought the Purdue football team would be a good way to reconnect with that aspect by surrounding myself with people who are willing to sacrifice for a goal greater than themselves, and I’ve found that with the football team.”
Service future: Upon completion of his history degree, Abe will return to the SEALs as a commissioned officer. “Once I retire, I’m looking to settle down with my family somewhere in the Midwest and maybe teach history. But who knows what can happen.”
On Veterans Day: “Take a moment and try to put things into perspective,” Abe says. “Please remember there are people serving overseas or preparing to go who are prepared to lay their bodies on the altar of freedom for you — their lives for the lives of others. I particularly want to give a shout-out to my brothers in SEAL Team 8.”
Advice to new student veterans: “Take a deep breath and be prepared to encounter some unfamiliar obstacles. Plan your dive and dive your plan. Set a goal, make a plan, and execute.”
By Blake Powers