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Stories of Us

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    By: Trina McDonald In 1987 I made the decision to join the Navy, I was on delayed enlistment for a year and during that time I prepared for the big day to leave which was October of 1988, just a few months after graduation. I had no idea what to expect other than my first experience on an airplane! But, I had a secret, I was gay. My experience in boot camp was like most,
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    FOB Hope: One Vet’s Story of Finding Purpose After Service By: Monique Brown In 1987, I was literally sitting on my bed contemplating the next move I would make in my life.  I was about to start my fourth year in a two-year college and I just could not see myself doing that!  At that moment, the phone rang.  It was a recruiter from the United States Army.  She asked what I was planning to
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    A Veteran Finds Solace in the Outdoors By: Lornett Vestal Working with Sierra Club… What Veterans Day Means to Me Every year on November 11th, America celebrates a day that honors men and women who currently or used to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. We as a country, despite our differences in religion, race, sexuality, creed, or political leanings, should do our best to respect those who served and still serve. The men
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    The VA is Denying Me Lifesaving Healthcare Because I am a Transgender Veteran By: Nicole Vanderheiden  I faithfully served six years in the U.S. Air Force as an Arabic language intelligence analyst. I achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was highly decorated and praised for my leadership and my contributions to accomplishing our missions. Because of my sacrifices, I am entitled to receive my
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    “Legally Black” By: Fontaine Wilson I remember my senior year of high school, I had just received my acceptance letter to my #1 college choice. I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to tell my parents. Then my mother let me know we couldn’t afford it. I was crushed. I had worked so hard in school, always on the honor roll, AP classes, and one of the top students in my class, only to be
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    E Pluribus Unum By: Chuck Tyler Before I tell you what inspires me to be a part of Black History Month now, I want to tell you this. My parents separated on my sixth birthday, and I remember riding with my dad to live with his parents, my grandparents. My grandparents were married for 46 years, so you can imagine the pain we all felt when my grandmother passed away from cancer. My grandfather lost his best
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    My Journey to the Intersection of Being a Queer Veteran By: Loren Christopher Lacy During my time in the Navy, I did not experience Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) but, I came in right after it was repealed. I joined the Navy to run away from my sexual identity of being a gay man but, I realized how wrong I was. I came out in March of 2013 in the Navy. In my organization, there

1 thought on “Survival in the Bering Sea: One Veteran’s Story of #metoomilitary”

  1. As angering as this is, kudos to you Trina, for the front line battle towards your survival and now, flourishing. Know that you are not alone.

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