Browse Interviews (3282 total)

Bakery Owner, formerly of Mexico City, D.F., Mexico.

Landscaper, formerly of Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico).

Carpenter, formerly of San Juan del Rio, Querétaro (Mexico).

Clothing Boutique Owner, formerly of Mexico City, F.D., Mexico.

Computer Repair Shop Owner, formerly of Morelos (State), Mexico.

Appliance Store Owner, formerly of Mexico City, F.D., Mexico.

Grocery Store Manager, formerly of Tampico, Tamaulipas (Mexico).

Auto Body Repairman, formerly of Mexico City, D.F., Mexico.

Hairstylist, formerly of Colima, Mexico.

Tax Preparation Business Owner, formerly of Acapulco, Guerrero (Mexico).

Sewing Business Owner, formerly of Mexico City, D.F., Mexico.

Restaurant Food Preparer, formerly of Juando, Mexico.

Cosmetologist, formerly of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Clothing Boutique Owner, formerly of Mexico City, D.F., Mexico.

Clothing Store Owner, formerly of Mexico City, F.D., Mexico.

Jewelry Store Owner, formerly of Acapulco, Guerrero (Mexico).

Esthetician, formerly of Mexico City, F.D., Mexico.

Cashier, formerly of Guerrero, Mexico.

Secretary, formerly of Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico).

Female Restaurant Worker, formerly of Zacatecas, Mexico.

Steven M. Schmisek discusses his personal background, his introduction to Military Service, the September 11th attack and his reactions, his basic training experiences and deployments, and his eventual reintegration back into civilian life and use of Veterans Affairs services. In particular, Schmisek discuses his Iraq Deployment and his work in…

Lyle Cram discusses his military service and what motivated him to enlist. He discussed his time spent in the 82nd Airborne Division and his transition to Aviation as a helicopter pilot. His deployment to Panama for Operation Just Cause was also discussed at length.

Sergeant Timothy Locker details his early 1990s service record. Locker shares details on how his family reacted to his joining the military and his adjustment to military life. We spoke on what he did during his service and his time spent overseas during the Gulf War as apart of the Desert Shield operation. He also comments on his homecoming…

Bill Wilding was drafted to serve during the Vietnam War. He initially went to college to try to avoid the draft but got drafted anyways. He served 22 months from about the first of October in 1977 and got out around August of 1979. In particular, Wilding covers his experiences during basic training and while serving in Vietnam.

Scott Raymond served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1985. In his interview he discusses how his childhood memories and mentors influenced his decision to enlist. He then discusses how the skills and life lessons he learned in the military played a large role in his lifestyle as a civilian. Some of his favorite memories in the service were by far…

Colonel Don Amburn (Ret.) served in the U.S. Army from 1981-2001. In his interview he discusses his upbringing, his family's history in the military and his eventual transition from active duty to the Reserves. He also comments on how 9/11 impacted his military service, details his multiple deployments, and shares his thoughts on what it's like…

Jacob Mardis served in the U.S. Army from 2012 to 2015. In his interview he discusses his childhood, boot camp experiences, and time in service- including his transition back home and his struggles with that process. Mardis served for a total of just over 3 years active duty, with a one year tour overseas in South Korea (K16). When he returned…

Steve Marionneaux details his time in service and various topics, from Fatherhood to American politics, cultural perceptions of Veterans and the desensitization of youth.

Army Veteran Jake Bruce served active duty as an infantryman from 2009-2013 and as an intelligence analyst in the Army Reserves from 2013 to the time of his interview. In his time during active-duty Bruce was station in Vilseck, Germany and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the interview we talked…

SSG Arron Lukefahr discusses the timeline of his early life and career in the military. Lukefahr covers the differences between his time in both the Marines and National Guard.

Kevin Polter details his basic training experiences in the Coast Guard and where he was stationed at afterwards and his subsequent discharge and current career outside of the Coast Guard. Polter describes the various stations he was at in the Great Lakes region in Ohio and Michigan as well as the various boats, equipment and weapons trainings. He…

Navy Veteran Ronald Schultz discusses his time at basic training, details his family members that have served, and his relationships with people before, during, and after he served. He also discusses jobs that he held in the Navy and what bases and ships he was stationed on.

Nathan Lovewell discusses basic training and his deployment to Iraq in 2010, where he was hit by a mortar and suffered injuries from the attack. Lovewell also comments on VA benefits and healthcare and his opinions on the system.

Tim Russell discusses his personal reasons for enlisting, the impacts his service had on his family life, and he shares the lessons he learned in the military. Russell also comments on his readjustment back into civilian life.

Robert L. Parks discusses his path to the service, basic and MOS training, military life, and his eventual reintegration back into civilian life.

Hugh Lunsford discusses being drafted and his time spent while he serving in the United States Marines Corps. during the Vietnam War. Lunsford shares that it was not enjoyable and if he was given the choice he would have never gone. He did not enlist like so many do now; he was drafted and had no other option.

Mr. Delaware informs us that he was in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He enlisted at the age of 17 with parental consent. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and his AIT at Ft. Benning Georgia. He reached the level of Sergeant during his time in duty. He had several MOSs while he was in the military. He received a Warriors Medal…

Joe Principata talks about his military experiences and shares details on the things he missed from his civilian life, including basic civilian activities such as driving around town and seeing the familiar faces or simply spending time with family. The food they had to eat in basic training was just food to add calories before the next meal, they…

Eric Palmer details his early life and path into the service, as well as his military service and life after service experiences.

Michael Varney served in the US Army from January 1993 to February 1997. In his interview he discusses his bootcamp experiences, specific missions and his return home, as well as the assistance his service group provided the Coast Guard during anti-drug trafficking operations. Varney also comments on his decision to join the Navy, the challenges he…

In this interview, Joe Dichroic discusses his home life, his experiences in the military, and what he did after he retired from the Marine Corps. He muses on how his home life wasn’t the worst it could have been, but it could have been better. He saw and learned a lot of things while he was in the military, and states he would go back to serving…

New Jersey Army National Guard Major (Ret) Michael G. Tarricone provides an overview of growing up in a military family. He comments on his experiences in Navy basic training and Army Officer Candidate School. He comments on details his two deployments during the Iraq War. Major Tarricone also describes his personal struggles with readjusting to…

Twenty three year Marine Corps. Veteran Bart Lest discusses boot camp, traveling while in the military, Operation Desert Storm, his military police MOS, and his eventual reintegration back into civilian life. Bart also shares details on the differences between active and reserves duty.

Steven List grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky. After enlisting at 18, he served two tours in Iraq, where he survived three separate ambushes. List obtained a final rank of E5 Sergeant. His interview covers his deployments, combat experiences and other related aspects of military life while deployed.

This interview follows enlisted member of the United States Air Force and United States Air National Guard Greg Walters through out his journey of military service. This journey started at the tail-end of the Vietnam War and continued into the late 90s, where he retired from military service as a Master Sergeant. He comments on his initial reasons…

David Reinmold served in the US Army from 1968 to 1993. In this interview he discusses all his training experiences, combat experiences in Vietnam, and what he did after his service ended in 1993. David Reinmold served one tour in Vietnam in 1970. He also taught in the Military Service Department at EKU for 5 years.

Michael Raymond discusses his upbringing and how it impacted his decision to join the military. Raymond then goes into detail about the basic and specialized training that he received when he first joined the Army, and how that training impacted his active duty service in Afghanistan. He finishes with his reintegration back into civilian life, and…

Adam T. Zeitz discusses his life prior to joining the military, his decision to join the Air Force, his experiences in boot camp, and his first duty station. He also discusses some of the experiences he had during his deployments to the Middle East, his state of mind while deployed, and his thoughts on returning after each deployment. Zeitz also…
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