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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:30 am

Arthur Yanez, 44, lives in Harker Heights and is retired from the Army.

What do you enjoy about living in Harker Heights?

I enjoy the convenience of everything being right were you need it to be. I can walk from my home and be right in the middle of a marketplace where I can shop, eat and study all at the same time. I enjoy that the crime rate is lower in this area than that of the surrounding areas.

Tell me about your family.

I have three kids: a 21-year-old son, a 20-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter. I am a single father, thanks to my divorce, and I’m a part-time college student. I will eventually become a full-time college student, hopefully after this semester. I currently attend Central Texas College, and I am working on my degree in nursing.

Are you involved in any community activities, organizations or clubs?

I do a lot of volunteering. I volunteer at the Rosewood Nursing Home. I go there and read and talk to the patients. I volunteer at the dog kennel in Killeen. I love animals. I sponsor children for different things; currently I am sponsoring a child to get his braces. I love to restore old cars. I participate in the neighborhood crime watch program.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot is anywhere in San Antonio. There is a lot to do there. I enjoy the culture, agriculture and most importantly, the history of San Antonio.

What was the last movie that you saw?

“About Time” by Richard Curtis. The movie deals with time traveling and the ability to change something that happened in the past to make life different in the present.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

To retire from the military. That advice was given to me by my uncle.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?

I would have retired with at least a bachelor’s degree. Life would be better if I already had my degree instead of being older and trying to get it now.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself fully retired and married again. I plan to travel internationally and enjoy life.

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