LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - While many spent their Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, Timothy Folyer of Lafayette did something else.
For the second time in his life, he joined in the United States military. This time? At the age of 42.
"I really missed the lifestyle," said Folyer. "I really missed helping."
Folyer originally joined the Air Force at the age of 18, spending six years in the military before getting his discharge in 1995.
He then moved with his family to Lafayette and started working for an area manufacturer. While Folyer said he always knew one day he would rejoin the military, his family was a bit surprised.
"My son kind of looked at me funny like, 'You can still get in at your age?' I was like, 'Thanks, son,'" said Folyer.
Yet, it wasn't just his family, even the National Guard recruiters seemed a bit shocked.
"They were like, their jaws dropped," said Folyer. "They were telling me that I was the oldest that they've ever recruited in Indiana that's actually made it through."
Yet, he didn't let that discourage him. Since January, Folyer has been training non-stop to get back in shape.
"Pretty much every day, I'm lifting and working on my cardiovascular and just trying to remember what a soldier looks like," said Folyer.
Friday, that training paid off.
"I stood in front of a Captain down in Indianapolis and raised my right hand and swore back in to the United States Army National Guard," said Folyer.
So, while Folyer didn't plan to join this Memorial Day weekend, he said he couldn't have asked for a better time.
"I think everything happens for a reason and it's kind of a neat closing to the long 6 months that I've fought to go back in," said Folyer.
Folyer will attend basic training for nine weeks in Missouri this October. He will be assigned to duty in Crawfordsville.
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