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In July of 2006, the U.S. Armed Forces created a speakers initiative titled "Why We Serve."
This program was designed to give returning veterans the opportunity to share their personal military experiences with the American public, while answering the call for more first-hand accounting from the front lines.
Army Improves Life for Soldier, Family

Garza photoWASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2008 Ė Joining the Army more than four years ago helped Sgt. Dominic Garza achieve some of his personal goals and improve life for his new family.

Before Garza joined the Army, he didnít have a high school diploma, was working two jobs, and he and his wife had just welcomed a new daughter into the world. He knew it was time for a change, he said, and all it took was a little convincing from his aunt, who had recently joined the Army. Story

Deployment Gives Sailor Message to Public

Chavez photoWASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2008 Ė When Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ralph Chavez volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan, he didnít really know what he was getting himself into. It ended up being one of the best experiences of his military career.

Chavez, a yeoman, or administrative specialist, decided to volunteer for an individual augmentation deployment in 2006 while stationed in California. Story

Army Major Wants to Share Success Story

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2008 – Army Maj. Lisa L. Carter, a two-time Iraq veteran, wants to share her life's success story with the American public. Story

Program Connects Troops, Civilians

Media outlets portray a version of the U.S. military as seen from the outside, but Americans across the country can access the primary source: hearing the military experience described by a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who lives it. Story

Organizations interested in hosting a Why We Serve speaker can submit a request by simply logging on to A member of the Why We Serve Staff will be in touch soon thereafter to coordinate details.

Speakers are immediately available for booking throughout 2008 and will remain on-hand as long as the program exists. Please keep us in mind for your upcoming events, and don't forget to recommend the program to other organizations.
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