A veteran and world traveler is now assisting his fellow veterans at the Dover office of the Commission of Veterans Affairs.
Originally from Virginia, Dennis Linehan attended school in Sussex County and became a world traveler by age 14.
He’s traveled to Morocco and Tunisia, and spent a summer in Japan and another in Australia. That led to an enthusiastic outlook on learning about other cultures and picking up languages along the way. He is fluent in English and French, along with limited working proficiency in Spanish, Russian and Dari.
With nearly 10 years of active-duty service in the Army, Linehan was a crypto linguist with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His service included a deployment to Niger and two to Afghanistan, and combat missions alongside allied and local indigenous forces.
He’s periodically been called away from his commission duties to mentor other veterans at Melwood Veterans Services in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Linehan is a full-time student at Wilmington University on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice this summer; he plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work to continue working with veterans.
He enjoys family outings as well as getting out on his motorcycle. Traveling is a passion, and last year he traveled to Chile, Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine.
For more information on services available to veterans, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.