Poughkeeps Plains, West Virginia (CNN) — When did I decide to start a family?
“I think it’s been pretty consistent with my life, but that’s just been my inclination,” says retired Navy SEAL David A. Boggs, 74.
What’s a “right choice”? “
It’s a process that’s been going on in my life that has not stopped, that’s lasted over 20 years, and now I’m finally in a position where I’m able to say I made the right choice.”
What’s a “right choice”?
It’s not that Bogg, a former Navy SEAL, was looking for a change.
The SEAL was never in a happy marriage and his parents had a difficult time financially.
But he felt he needed to retire to allow his wife to live independently, and he knew his wife, Donna, would appreciate the time off.
Donna was the wife of former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), a longtime friend.
She was in her early 30s when Bogg joined the Navy in 1993 and served as a SEAL trainer for a year before moving to Hawaii in 1995.
“The last few years have been tough for me personally, financially, emotionally,” he says.
“But I think it was a very natural progression of life that I felt was best for my family.”
He says he felt “a need to put this aside.”
Bogg is the father of three sons, a daughter and a granddaughter.
He also has two grandchildren.
“They’ve grown up in this military, and they’re the ones who are going to hold the torch for me,” he explains.
“My son is now in his 30s, and my wife is also a very, very busy woman, and she’s a very busy mother, and we both just want to be the best parent that we can be.” “
What about the family? “
My son is now in his 30s, and my wife is also a very, very busy woman, and she’s a very busy mother, and we both just want to be the best parent that we can be.”
What about the family?
Bogg says he has been blessed to have a wonderful marriage, and his wife has been a wonderful mother to their two children, ages 13 and 15.
He credits his time on active duty to the fact that he and Donna have both served and they have children to share with them.
But it was hard to give up the day-to-day duties of being a SEAL.
“To me, it was more of an adventure and more of a dream than anything,” he said.
“If I’m in a situation where I don’t want to go into a war, I don´t want to do anything that I would be in a place where I would have to leave my family.
What can you expect when you retire? “
And if I do have to do that, I think I will, and that’s okay with me.”
What can you expect when you retire?
Bigg says he can expect to be free to pursue his passion, but he can’t say what he’ll be doing after he retires.
Boggles, who has been living with his wife and children in West Virginia, says he is grateful to have had such a supportive wife, who helped him to find his own path and make his own choices.
“We have a great family, and the kids are very excited,” he adds.
“She’s very supportive of me.
She’s been very encouraging and supportive of my wife.”
Boggles says he will miss his wife but doesn’t want anyone to have to see her struggle with cancer.
“Donna is a warrior, and her fight is not over,” he states.
“In my mind, I know she will continue to fight, and so do my kids.”
What do you want people to know about you?
The retired SEAL says his most recent assignment was helping his daughter navigate a new school district.
He says, “I’m looking forward to getting back into school.
I’ll probably take a little bit of time off after that, and hopefully I can finish my own business.”
He adds that he’s looking forward for his son, who will be in his 20s when he retends to the military.
“He will be looking for work.
He’s a good, hard-working guy, and it’s just a matter of time before he finds his dream job.”
What will you miss most?
“The fact that I’m retired and my kids are retired,” he answers.
“This is not something that has taken me away from my wife.
For a while, I had the dream of becoming a SEAL, but when I did that,