Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war
Wes Moore - Author and advocate
Wes Moore's life transformed with these words out of his mother's mouth: "I'm sending you to military school." The author of the book, "The Other Wes Moore," he is now a vocal advocate for America's youth as well as for fellow veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Full bio
had joined the military at all,
ever since I was eight years old.
to show me she wasn't playing around,
serious, and I'll work harder."
I'm going to work harder."
that surrounded the school,
that if we don't want to be there,
was part of something bigger,
kind of like military school.
paperwork that she was signing
on a plane heading overseas,
through all my training with,
ready to deploy to Afghanistan,
my unit for the first time,
for completely different reasons.
wanted some form of revenge.
collection of different reasons.
back from a conflict zone
walk around with white lights,
in the middle of Times Square,
I wanted to talk to people.
you for your service' mean to you?"
people who we serve with, have,
means acknowledging the fact
was to be a baseball player.
leg, that second dream is over,
dream of playing baseball,
commands that her legs are giving
recuperation back at home,
About the speaker:Wes Moore - Author and advocate
Wes Moore's life transformed with these words out of his mother's mouth: "I'm sending you to military school." The author of the book, "The Other Wes Moore," he is now a vocal advocate for America's youth as well as for fellow veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why you should listen
Wes Moore grew up in Maryland in the early '80s and, after his father passed away when he was 3-years-old, he started acting up. Eventually, at age 13, his mother sent him away to military school. This turned out to be a life-changing experience. He adjusted well to the rigid order and took off academically, going on to study International Relations at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.
In his first book—the bestseller The Other Wes Moore—he takes a hard look at how his life might have unfolded. He does this by interviewing a man who shares his name and had a similar upbringing, but who is serving life in prison for the murder of a Baltimore police officer. It's a beautifully-told tale that shows how lives pivot on circumstance. Moore donates a portion of the book's proceeds to charities focused on empowering America's youth.
A paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Moore is also an advocate for veterans. In the PBS special Coming Back Home with Wes Moore, he uses his interviewing chops to talk to other veterans about their experiences returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Moore is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
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