Lowcountry veteran stands guard outside recruitment center

VIDEO: Lowcountry veteran standing guard at Summerville recruitment center
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - An Air Force veteran in Summerville is volunteering to serve her country in a unique way.

Following the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four Marines and a Navy Sailor dead, she's taken it upon herself to protect her fellow service members.

Kim is one of many veterans who stand guard at recruitment centers across the county.

Since Monday she's doing it in Summerville on a daily basis.

"Take it upon ourselves to help protect them since they are unarmed and unable to defend themselves against the attack," Kim said.

She said it's her way of continuing to protect our freedom and her brothers and sisters in the armed forces in light of last week's tragedy.

She's there when the first person enters and stays until the last one leaves, all the while, with a concealed weapon permit.

"I don't want to look like the rest of the United States where people are out there with their big guns, and looking all Rambo," Kim said.

Some recruitment centers in Colorado have seen an increase in "guards" who carry large rifles.

Kim feels the sight of the large weapons could cause more problems as compared to a concealed weapon permit.

"We'd like to have some Patriotic people with their permits that would like to volunteer discretely."

Her presence has gotten appreciation from those passing by to even military members themselves.

"We had so many people thank us including law enforcement, and all of the military personnel," Kim said. "They couldn't be nicer."

"I think it's a great thing," Corey Taylor, who parents were in the military, said. "We have soldiers and airmen, and sailors risking their lives every day for us. So I think we should sometimes return the favor. After what happened in Chattanooga, I think this is a great example of what we should do."

Kim said she plans on standing outside the offices until there are changes to recruitment office regulations.

"This is our home soil," she said. "If our personnel can't protect themselves, we're going to step up to the plate. If we were willing to put our life on the line once for our country, that oath doesn't end, and we'll do it again in a heartbeat."

Right now in South Carolina, military personnel aren't allowed to carry weapons while working at recruitment offices.

Some states, like Wisconsin, have already made changes to that rule.

At recruitment centers in the Lowcountry, many are operating with their blinds closed, and doors locked.

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