Sacrifice, service, and love of country are a few words that come to mind when I think about my time served as an Officer in the United States Army. At the age of 34 I have had the high privilege to serve my country in and out of uniform. When I was in uniform I saw tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan while serving with some of the bravest men and women I have ever known. Many of our stories were the same. We came from all parts of America, united under one cause, to protect Freedom.
I know that I stand on the shoulders of so many African-American service men and women who came before me and endured indignities that I could never imagine. Because of their sacrifice many African-American service members have served at the highest levels of the enlisted and officer ranks. They opened the door for a young soldier like me to walk through and have opportunities that a generation ago they could never have seen.
Like the service members before me I was able to take advantage of educational opportunities like the Post 9/11 GI Reform Act that was initiated under President Obama’s administration. This benefit allowed me to complete my Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary School of Law the nation’s oldest legal institution and return home to the Town of Spring Lake, NC where I was recently elected the youngest mayor in our town’s history.
I support President Obama because his commitment to veterans has been unyielding, like the recently announced Veterans Jobs Corps.The President’s economic incentives to train and help our soldier’s transition into the civilian workforce will be critical to our country continued economic recovery. It will take Sacrifice, Service, and Love of Country to continue to move America forward, and our nations veterans stand ready to serve once again.