The Marine Corps JROTC has changed my life in many different amazing ways. I, Carrie Maderia, have been in the MCJROTC Program for four years and has been a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and do a lot of things I would have never done with the guidance from my Marine instructors, Carl Curtis and Thomas Short. I have done over a thousand hours of community service just helping people and having that unselfishness instilled in me. I have trained cadets in the program thing I have learned from experience in the program. I have preached to cadets how much Veterans have done for this country. This program is what inspired me to help local Veterans in our community.
When a fellow cadet Kaleb Martin told me he was doing this project for his Senior Project he suggested I continue it the following year. I accepted his request and I am also passing it down to another cadet that will do it his senior year as well. I was interested in helping Veterans because I have the most respect for Veterans that have gave everything for our country. My grandfather was in the Army and volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War. Veterans from any war are all my heros. I can never imagine what any Veteran must have went through, such unselfish individuals deserve the most support.
When researching for the research paper I learned a lot about the Vietnam War and the effects on the country and Veterans. I learned the citizens either were not for the war or they were for it. Some soldiers were drafted some volunteered. These soldiers went through the most gruesome experience of their lives just to come home with more problems than they could have imagined. When the Veterans got off the bus returning home the problems just began. Citizens spit on them calling them " baby killers " and all kinds of negative untrue names. Not only did these Veterans have emotional problems but also physical problems. Emotionally some suffered ...
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