Diversity and Difference
In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Office of Multicultural Affairs recognizes our student veterans and military and those of us with loved ones who serve by offering the following exciting events
Monday November 15th in classroom 5 we will be showing the film “Brothers” from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dinner will be served and discussion will follow led by MSPP family members of military personnel. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year MSPP held its second annual “Chow Hall.” Students and staff were served MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) by our student veterans who engaged participants in discussions about life in the military and the transition to the civilian world.
MSPP Student Veteran Profile
After a year of college, I was unsure what I wanted to do “when I grew up”. Many of my family members were military so it seemed natural to join. My service dates are July 99 through July 05. I joined the Reserves in Mar 06 and finished my contract in the Reserves in Mar 09. I resigned as an E-5/Staff Sergeant.
I was Security Forces in the United States Air Force. This is the Air Force equivalent to Military Police. We are trained extensively in the following areas, weapons knowledge, Nuclear Security, Humanitarian Relief Efforts and procedures, convoy operations, detainee operations and police officer duties and responsibilities.
My duty assignments included Malmstrom Air Force Base Montana, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan, Prince Sultan Air Base Al-Karaj Saudi Arabia, Port of Doman Kuwait, Manas Air Base Bishkek Kyrgyzstan , Shabaz Air Field Jacobabad, Pakistan, Al Udid Air Base Qatar Air Base and Tsunami Relief, Banda Ache Indonesia, U’tapow , Bangkok Thailand, Langkowi Malaysia.
My interest in psychology started in basic training when I began to meet so many different people from different places. I pursued my degree while in the service where my interest in families and military life/culture flourished.
As I satisfied my contract to my country I entered into graduate school. My desire was to work with military families, possibly at the family readiness centers located on base. My direction changed however when I was having difficulty getting education and other services and benefits through the state and VA when I returned.
Currently I work for the VA Boston Health Care System with all era combat veterans and their families.
A unique aspect of the MSPP community that drew me in was the Veteran population. However, now that I am here at MSPP, I am seeing there are many populations to serve and want to dedicate my energies to all communities in need.
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