The Veteran of Poverty Hello my name is , I have been enrolled in the access program since March, 11 2010. I would like to start this essay with a brief story of where I come from in life, and later show how I evolved not only as a person but as a student as well. Each paragraph in this essay is pretty much like little chapters of the book of my life. I want to thank everyone on the ACCESS staff for everything they have done to help me achieve my high school diploma. I am highly looking forward to college in the fall and further expanding my knowledge and education. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart thank you. Growing up as a child was a mixture of good and bad times. I come from a family that has always been low income. I never owned anything of value in my life. People always say that money doesn’t buy happiness. I always found that statement to be incorrect. I know for a fact that money would have bought my family a lot of happiness. My house would be better described as a warzone rather than a nice loving environment. Every single day was chaos! My parents went through many custody and child support court hearings and were always dragging me in the middle of it. They would both try to use me as a pawn to get at one another. Both my parents are crazy, my mother would always scream at the top of her lungs and my father was an extremely violent person. Growing up was a difficult challenge especially with the family I had. I never understood why I couldn’t have a normal family, why we didn’t have a nice house or how come I didn’t have the things other kids had. I was jealous of the rich and stared a developing a sense of hatred for towards them. It wasn’t fair to me that they could have whatever they wanted while we struggled just for food to eat; and while they slept in there nice big house I would sleep on cots in the homeless shelters. My teachers would often ask me why I didn’t do my homework, and I would simply reply because I don’t have one. Times at home were always so bad so I sought peace in streets. Peace is a funny word to use referring to the place where I come from. I grew up in a poor, drug and gang infested neighborhood. I think I was only 10 when I saw a man get shot with a shotgun right outside my house. I was one of the smart ones though; I never affiliated myself with the gangs. I chose a non-violent group of friends; I had enough violence to deal with at home. I never participated in the gang violence although I was often a victim of mistaken identity and was stabbed and shot at on numerous occasions. I know your probably wondering how I could find peace in a place like this, but compared to my household this was a utopia. This was the only place where I could laugh, smile, have fun, and socialize with normal people. One of the things that I always loved doing was learning. I am just fascinated with learning new things. I just love having the answers for stuff. I have always been a highly intelligent individual the only issue that I “had” was that I didn’t push myself hard enough. I understood the school work but I just lacked the drive to do it. My family just assumed I was stupid or something. They would always complain about me not doing well in school. But that’s all they did “complain”. They never once sat down with me and tried to help me with my work. I was just yelled at and ignored. I had poor grades in school but my extremely high test scores are what pretty much saved me from flunking. I loved to learn in school and spending time with friends. But the thing I hated about school was all the authority. They run schools these days like a hierarchy. They are always telling you what to do and how to do it. I think it was pretty ridiculous that I got suspended one time just for wearing a plain white t- shirt. All the authority they gave made me lose my interest in school and learning. It made me rebellious and I started ditching my school classes. A very high majority…
Veteran Centric Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 10, 2012
General Parade Information
1. The parade line-up will begin at 8:00am on the Fairgrounds
2. The parade application deadline is Friday, October 27, 2012.
3. All applications must be submitted via the committee.
4. Confirmation of your application will be via the email address provided in your application. * Receipt of your application does not guarantee approval. *
5. All parade participants…
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Herb Kohl:
My name is XXXXX. I live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I am writing to you because I was pleased to read in the Congressional Voting Record that you supported H.R. 2116, Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 1999.
I was vaguely aware of the Veterans Millennium Health Care Act before April 1, 2010. On that day I discovered what H.R. 2116 meant to me and my family. I had started a new job in February 2010, and was uninsured as I had not yet become eligible…
In 1999, West Virginia Division of Veteran Affairs commissioned a statue to honor female veterans. When the statue was unveiled three years later it was criticized. The critics believed the statue was not “feminine enough.” As of 2012, the official design has not been completed. In New York, a statue in the Women’s Veterans Memorial, intended to look like Lady Liberty, was criticized for being too masculine.
This controversy is related to women’s pursuit of equality and the paradox of gender…
“ Why I appreciate America’s Veterans”
“ People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” This quote, one said by George Orwell, can be interpreted in a way that he’s trying to express the importance of the military, and without them their lives may be different then from how they are now. Americans honor our veterans because without them life may be different, they risked their life for the fellow citizens of the nation to keep…
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Afghanistan
And Iraq War Veterans
October 10, 2011
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are common injuries among returning combat veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the beginning of hostilities in Afghanistan in October 2001, more than 1.8 million United States troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom with…
[Insert veteran name here]
Served in the Navy as a damage controlman. Has one Child, 3 step children and 3 step-grandchildren. Served from 1996-1998, discharged due to illness.
Q- Were you afraid to go to the Navy when you enlisted?
A- Not afraid, just anxious. Your mind races, until you get there and see that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.
Q- How did your wife and children feel about you going
A- I actually discussed it with my wife, it was a decision we made…
The Angels to Veterans
Kelly S. Crow
Colorado Christian University
Angels to Veterans
Matthew 7:12 states, “Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets,” (NLT)
Have you ever dreamed of a place that you could go to where people were willing to help you, pray for you, and love you, where you will be accepted as you are? Have you served your country but feel like there is…
11 November 2014
Earlier this year on January 30, 2014 at least 20 veterans died due to VA hospital delays or even denies. Our veterans deserve better than this they deserve to be treated properly and timely not to suffer in their home country after fighting overseas. According to Scott Bronstein a veteran named Coates was delayed a colonoscopy for a year since he reported it to his doctors, this 44 year old happened to have a cancerous…
3 October 2014
Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future
By definition, future is the time or a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come, shapeable and dependent on the actions of the persons in question. In contrast, history is the study of the past and human affairs, something that shapes our future. Every single person has a different future, and a different history to go with it, some…