|NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2007 — An Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran made good use of his experiences working alongside U.S. Army recruiters in his hometown for two weeks this month.
Spc. Paul D. Workman, a human resources specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, just wrapped up a tour in Bowling Green, Ky., participating in the Special Recruiter Assistance Program. The SRAP program offers soldiers who have served on the front lines the opportunity to convey their experiences back in their local communities.
"I've got a newfound respect for these recruiters," Workman said. "This job is not easy."
Recruiters put Workman to work right away. He accompanied three different recruiters throughout the Bowling Green area to various stops, and was not confined to sitting in a recruiting station.
"We wanted him to be out prospecting as much as he could," said Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Salloum, one of the station's recruiters. "These younger soldiers who have gotten deployed can probably better relate to the community and to young people."
Workman, 22, attended McNeil High School before moving to Nashville, Tenn., with his father, Mark. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 2004 and joined the Army one week afterwards. He said the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, had started him thinking about military service.
"9/11 was probably my whole reason for joining," Workman said.
Workman deployed to Iraq last year with the Screaming Eagles at nearby Fort Campbell, Ky.