Veteran’s Day i-view — A Vets Story – Growing Up on Military Bases, Serving in the Marines – reflecting on Military Service
For Jerad W. Alexander, military life was ingrained in the very psyche of his family. He grew up on military bases, from the east coast of the United States to Japan and was raised on masculine fantasies of heroism and patriotism. As soon as he was old enough, he enlisted in the Marines – from 1998 to 2006, he served as a U.S. Marine, deploying to the Mediterranean, East Africa, and Iraq. Once there, though, he learned that much of what he had spent his childhood dreaming about was a mirage.
Alexander’s searing memoir, VOLUNTEERS: Growing Up in the Forever War (Algonquin Books: Nov 9, 2021), is a trenchant account of his childhood dreams and subsequent military service, which dissects the mythology of war and American patriotism. Alexander earned his MFA in Literary Reportage from New York University Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism and in his new book — courageously holds a multi-faceted mirror up to the face of war, recounting what he witnessed on an unwinnable warfront as he weighs the moral complexity that motivated him and others to serve.
Jerad Alexander is available for interviews starting Monday, November 8, 2021. I would love to get you a copy of the book and to schedule an interview with Alexander. If there is interest, please respond with a preferred date & time and an address to mail the book.
What sets VOLUNTEERS apart from many war memoirs is Alexander’s discussion of the motivations that drive young men and women to enlist in the military. While much attention has been paid to military dramas about the upper ranks of highly specialized fields, Alexander witnessed a hole in the story of the average American soldier.
In interviews Alexander can address:
Much of this book describes the author’s experiences as a child growing up on military bases. What are some of the things that he loved about this experience?
How was Jerad Alexander’s desire to join the military influenced by representations of war in American culture?
When the author’s stepdad leaves the base to serve in the Persian Gulf War, young Jerad recounts watching the war unfold on television. Reflect on his observations and reenactments of these images. What effect do you think televised representation of war has on children?
How does the United States demonstrate how much it values the efforts of the members currently serving in the armed forces?
VOLUNTEERS is not only an insider’s account of war. It takes you inside the increasingly closed culture that creates our warriors.
A Refugee’s Story of Survival and Success
Meet Pitman Kennedy
Pitman Kennedy is a retired Master Sergeant with the Air Force where he served for 21 years. He is also
a basketball player development coach, strength and conditioning trainer, and a motivational speaker.
His Air Force experience as a leadership facilitator, time spent with Legendary NNBA Coach John
Lucas, as well as professional and personal development as a player development coach propelled him
to build Sweat Equity Athletic and Leadership Basketball Skill Development LLC in 2014. Mr.
Kennedy is versed in many areas and holds a MS in Management, from National Louis University, and
is currently working on his Doctor of Education at Grand Canyon University. He also holds Masters
Certificates in both Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
Pitman is a certified USA Basketball Youth Development Coach, a Professional Member of the National
Speakers Association and Project Management Institute.
For more information – www.amazon.com/Audacity-Resilience-Refugee-Memoir
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Troy Mosley is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and is the founder and CEO of Citizens Against Intolerance. Troy is a 20-year veteran with a B.S. in Psychology, earning his commission through Florida A&M University’s ROTC Program. Troy has held various military assignments in his 20-year career. He was the lead project officer for the first-ever Fisher House dedicated outside the continental United States, and he served as the Executive Officer for the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Troy also served as the Administrative Director, Department of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Community Hospital before being selected to be the Army Surgeon General’s Executive Assistant. Troy served as COO for Weed Army community Hospital (WACH) in 2009 where he led the Hospital to the best Joint Commission (TJC) Accreditation score in the Army that year. His efforts were instrumental in securing funds for a $300 million new hospital construction project at Fort Irwin, CA, the DoD’s first solar-powered hospital. His book The Armed Forces and American Social Change: An Unwritten Truce is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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