When I left the United States Marine Corps as a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom it took me time to navigate the civilian landscape, but I eventually obtained degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia University. However, graduating at the height of the economic downturn was less than fortuitous.
Struggling to process my own traumatic memories and attempting to feel “normal” in the civilian sector often left me isolated, terrified, and anxious. The idea of service tugged at my academic degrees, dismissing them as mere means to realizing a true transition, one of continued service.
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