Skip to comments.Why We Serve: Army Sergeant Brings Positive Message to Public
Posted on 11/09/2007 4:31:47 PM PST by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007 Serving in the military was something Jose Munoz always wanted to do, but it wasnt until after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that he was spurred to enlist and fulfill that dream.
Munoz, who is originally from Mexico but moved to Texas when he was 10, is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and has deployed to Iraq twice. On his most recent deployment, he escorted and supplied security to logistics convoys. Although the convoys were hit several times by improvised explosive devices, his unit was able to cover nearly a million miles in the middle and southern portion of Iraq.
Munoz is one of 10 servicemembers who served in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa who have been selected to tell the militarys story to the American people at community and business events, veterans organizations and other gatherings as part of the Defense Departments Why We Serve public outreach program.
Munoz participated in his first Why We Serve speaking engagement Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh. He said it was a positive experience and the audience had a lot of questions. Its pretty much just going out there and sharing with them my experiences overseas and my experience here, Munoz said of the program. Im not trying to recruit (anyone); thats not part of this. I just go out there and share my experience.
The American people dont often see positive stories about the war on terror or the military in the media, Munoz said, so his goal is to let people see a different angle of the military and those who serve.
In May, Munoz received his United States citizenship. While he said it was a big event for him, it didnt constitute a big change. Since I joined the military, I always felt like I was part of the U.S., he said.
Why We Serve began in fall 2006 and was originally the idea of then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Representatives from all the service branches participate in the program, which is conducted in quarterly segments. Munoz and the other nine servicemembers in his group constitute the fifth iteration since the program began.
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I’ve heard that 1 in 10 American men (and some Women) choose to serve in the Armed Forces, has that ratio changed since 9-11?
I think it’s somewhat less than 1 in 10 now but not sure.
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