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Story #15: Samuel is an Afghanistan veteran in his freshman year at UNH


“I was just 18 when I joined the Infantry, fresh out of high school. I’m fourth generation army, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. But, I also saw a career in the army that would allow me to really make a difference. I’ve always been passionate about my beliefs, and I felt that the army was a place that would allow me stand up for them. I’m sure many people don’t look at me and think that I am old enough to be a veteran. But, at 22, that’s exactly what I am. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, a Gunner and Team Leader of Apache Company. I am proud to have served my country, and I know it has made my family proud too.”

“It was after my tour in Afghanistan that I realized there was another future for me outside of the military, a future secured because of the President’s 9/11 GI Bill. I returned home in late 2011 and by February of 2012 I had enrolled at the University of New Hampshire on their business program. If it weren’t for the GI Bill, I’m really not sure where I’d be right now.

"Many of my friends who are coming home are making something of themselves because of the support of the GI Bill. The President has ensured we have a smooth transition from our army life to our civilian life, and that’s so important for someone who is coming back from combat. We have support in tuition and the Army’s basic housing allowance; the President is actively helping us get our feet on the ground. I’m proud to have served my country and I’m proud to have a President who supports his troops.”

“My career in the Army may be over, but I have a new future now, and it's a future that is already starting to take shape. Last week I committed to vote for the President. I did it because he supports me and my fellow service men and women who have fought every day for our country. I did it because I want to thank him for what he has done for vets like me. I know he has my back, and I certainly have his.

–Samuel, Concord, NH


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