ALTAMONT — By the time Paul Bullman had his high school diploma in 1966, the men in his life were military men. His brothers and his father had already joined, and he followed.
Anthony Walker, who is 52, was still a child growing up in Brooklyn at the time, where he saw his friends consumed by the streets, some of them killed. Their role models were drug dealers, he said, but his cousin was in the military.
“I looked at him more as a big brother than as a cousin, and I wanted to follow him,” Walker said. “My mother really didn’t want it.”