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Edmond doctor joins Army National Guard at 59

Oklahoman Brian Levy made the decision to join the Army National Guard two years ago after being inspired by his son.
by Matt Patterson Modified: June 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014

Never let it be said Brian Levy is afraid to throw life a curve ball or make good use of his spare time.

The 59-year-old Edmond physician is spending this weekend getting adjusted to life in the Army National Guard. Levy, who practiced medicine for more than three decades in the Oklahoma City area, decided it was time for him to do something to help soldiers.

The moment came in church one morning.

“I was sitting at St. John’s, and something just clicked in my mind,” Levy said. “I can’t climb a mountain, but after 30 years of practicing medicine if they can take me and I can be of service, it was something I wanted to do.”

The decision mostly was inspired by his son, Pfc. Chris Levy, 25, who had been deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the National Guard during that time.

But for Brian Levy, getting into the National Guard was a two-year process. Physicians are accepted even at 59, but he still had to wait two years to finally sign his papers. He was commissioned May 19.

“With background checks and this and that, it took a long time,” Levy said. “I wasn’t worried they wouldn’t take me, but I was dreading the idea of having to get another Army physical. I had one in December 2012, and the time for me to have another one was getting closer.”

Levy and his wife, Jane, have been married 33 years. She has been supportive of the decision.

“My wife asked ‘You’re doing what?’ when I told her,” Brian Levy said.

“She doesn’t want me to end up going to an area that is dangerous, but she has come around. She’s excited for me.”

And so is his son. While children often find inspiration from their parents, in this case, it’s the other way around.

“I’m just truly proud that my dad and I can fight the good fight together,” Chris Levy said. “I know the Guard has done a lot of truly positive things in my life, and I have no doubt he will get a lot out of it, as well.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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