Glenn Young – Choosing to Serve
On a mission in Vietnam more than 40 years ago, pilot Glenn Young’s B-52 was assigned lead position among three aircraft. When his plane malfunctioned, Glenn was reassigned to position three … a move he’s never forgotten. In the ensuing enemy attack, Glenn’s was the only plane to return to base.
“It was then that I knew I was being saved for a higher purpose,” says Glenn.
And he was there by choice. When others were trying to figure out how to avoid the Vietnam draft in 1964, Glenn had voluntarily enlisted. He joined the Strategic Air Command (SAC), a special force within the U.S. Air Force charged with protecting the country against possible retaliatory attacks. Many of Glenn’s missions involved flying 24 hours straight, refueling in air.
Honorably discharged in 1968, Glenn hit the books. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland amid violent anti-war protests, and learned to keep quiet about his veteran status. On the way to his Ph.D., Glenn learned about Amway.
“Amway was a company that embraced veterans, placed a high value on freedom, and encouraged free enterprise,” says Glenn.
In Glenn’s experience, the company has also been a family affair. Glenn and wife Lynda have been Amway Independent Business Owners for 30 years. Their children, Russell and Pamela, are also in the business, and their first grandchild is on the way.
Glenn has never forgotten the price of the freedom he enjoys, and remains a stalwart supporter of U.S. troops. “One of the most moving experiences of my life was attending my father-in-law’s funeral in Arlington Cemetery,” he says. “When you look around there, you know where the true heroes are.”
Dream Car, Dream Girl
While overseas, Glenn dreamed of owning a hot car. When he returned, he did just that, buying a yellow 1966 Corvette. “I loaned the car to a buddy one day, and he brought it back along with the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen,” he says. Glenn eventually swapped the ’66 Vette for a ’65, but he kept the girl. Thirty-six years later, he says his wife “is still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”