Becoming An Immigrant: My Father As A Military Hero

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As I look at this prompt and try to come up with a glamorous and picturesque explanation as to what it means to have a father as I veteran, I fall short. I cannot say that being a child of a veteran has given me a greater appreciation for America, a new point of view regarding war, or a sense of belonging and identity as a “military kid.” My father served in the Army from 1987-1990 as a Corporal and Specialist, serving as an Airborne Ranger and medic at various times, and participated in Operation Desert Storm. The VA has diagnosed him with PTSD and 100% disabled. His military career and PTSD affected my family and me in countless ways, most of them negative. Before the VA diagnosed him with 100% he held several jobs, never holding them for

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