As a veteran of the US Marine Corps, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of the Marines out there a very happy 239th birthday! I learned a lot about life in the service, and am grateful to have had the support of the GI Bill and the Hazelwood Act while attending college and graduate school. It was worth the four-year investment of my time, and I came out with an incredible group of colleagues – most of us are still in touch. It was while I was in the Marines that I found my passion for anthropology; however, it was only after field school that I found my place in the dirt.
To all of those that know what it is to serve, and to those families that paid the ultimate sacrifice – Semper Fidelis.