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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.
Combat Veterans Connect with America
Ask Master Chief Petty Officer Bruce "Skip" Binda why he joined the Navy nearly three decades ago and he’ll tell you it was a matter of pride. Story
England Meets, Thanks Troops
Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England today thanked a group of servicemembers who have completed nationwide speaking tours as part of the "Why We Serve" public-outreach program. Story
Lieutenant Carries On Family Legacy
Six members from three generations of Tabitha White’s family have served in the military, so her service in the Marine Corps is a point of pride she takes seriously. Story
Marine Transformed by Iraqi Desert
When the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks stoked his sense of patriotism, a 15-year-old from Queens, N.Y., decided to enlist in the U.S. military following high school graduation. Story
Chef Happiest at Sea Working with Sailors
Ask Master Chief Petty Officer Bruce "Skip" Binda why he joined the Navy nearly three decades ago and he’ll tell you it was a matter of pride. Story
Marine Staff Sergeant Helps Awaken Anbar
When Marine Staff Sgt. John Costa arrived in Ramadi, Iraq, in August 2006, U.S. troops walked the city streets in daylight at their peril. Story
9-11 Spurs Army Sergeant to Enlist
Serving in the military was something Jose Munoz always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that he was spurred to enlist and fulfill that dream. Story
Army Major Says Communication Key
An Army officer who commanded an infantry company in Iraq says enhanced communication with local Iraqis increased civic cooperation and boosted stability within his area of operations. Major Cedric L. Burden's unit was responsible for conducting security operations in an area about 18 miles west of Kirkuk. Story
Nurse Compelled to Rejoin Air Force
A sense of duty and patriotism caused a specialist in women’s health care to rejoin the Air Force at age 42. Story
Sailor Swaps ‘Sea Legs’ For Afghanistan
Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class Sivenson Guerrier exchanged his “sea legs” and became a “landlubber” during a yearlong duty tour in Afghanistan when he volunteered to participate in a pilot program that provided ground-operations training to sailors. Story
Medic Uses New System to Save Lives
A veteran Air Force combat medic helped to transform the way wounded troops are treated and evacuated during a recent deployment to Afghanistan.
Tech Sgt. Mark A. DeCorte recalled the previous practice when unarmed battlefield medics were flown in to treat and evacuate injured servicemembers usually after an area had been cleared of the enemy. Story
Animated image:  Photos of the 8 speakers.
Program Puts Face on Military Service

Sharing military experiences with the American public injects a human element into events often conveyed through the cold glare of television’s nightly news, a group of well-spoken servicemembers said here Oct. 2. 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 2007 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.