Army veteran, Senate candidate Jake Bequette says after 9/11, he 'felt the call to wear the uniform'

Bequette, 32, a Republican who in July announced his campaign to unseat Sen. John Boozman, reflected on that day 20 years ago. 

“I was in my seventh-grade English class. We had a substitute teacher, and she walked into the class and told us the World Trade Center had been bombed,” he explained. “None of us had any idea what the World Trade Center was, but we knew it was in New York City.” 

FORMER NFL PLAYER, IRAQ WAR VETERAN JAKE BEQUETTE CHALLENGES ARKANSAS SEN. BOOZMAN

Bequette recalled being dismissed from school early and returned home, surprised to see his father there. Bequette said his father worked in a skyscraper in Little Rock, Ark., and that his building was evacuated. 

“We wanted the news coverage as a family, and we all knew we were witnessing history in real time,” he said. “We knew our country would never be the same.” 

But Bequette said he also remembered how “unified” the country was. 

Former pro football player and Iraq War veteran Jake Bequette  announces his 2022 Republican primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, on July 12, 2021, in a campaign video. 
Former pro football player and Iraq War veteran Jake Bequette  announces his 2022 Republican primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, on July 12, 2021, in a campaign video. 

Former pro football player and Iraq War veteran Jake Bequette  announces his 2022 Republican primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, on July 12, 2021, in a campaign video. 

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