"The only way we can have true reconciliation is only when we honestly acknowledge our painful but shared past."
“I’m proud of my service. I wanted to serve.”
“It was extremely hot and I really thought my life might be coming to an end.”
“We helped with relief efforts in Turkey after their huge earthquake.”
Because the Kuwaiti Naval Base is so small, we had to run on piers of boats....
"But our guns were bigger....."
How service in the National Guard led to a life of service in the field of public education.
"I joined the Army, I had two brothers in the Army and I followed in their footsteps."
"Since you're the cashier, you grab all the money in the BX, which means I grabbed the money and run..."
"At the time I enlisted, there were Paratroopers patrolling the streets...."
"A private first class got $50 a month and I sent my mother $22 a month....you learned to do without."
"You go down there, you have to pack your own parachute and step out of that plane!"
"My whole family had been in the military all way back to the Civil War."
"I loved watching the ships go out and I got attached to ships and aircraft."