Featured by Esther Bergdahl
Meet the refugee who escaped civil war and became an American soldier
At 20 years old, Army Spc. Poe Hsee understands selfless service more than others. Born into the ethnic Karen minority in Burma (Myanmar), Hsee fled to Thailand before moving to the United States when he was 8. He knew nothing about the culture or how to speak much English, but today he’s on his way to achieving U.S. citizenship while stationed with the Oregon Army National Guard in Kosovo.
He was born in a village in Sudan. It took joining the Army to find his home
Seven years before he was granted U.S. citizenship at a federal district courthouse in Des Moines, Pfc. Fortytwo Chotper was learning English from American cartoons in a Kenyan refugee camp
Here’s why you packed on the pounds after the military
It’s finally happened: You’re out of the military. Nobody’s going to tell you what to do, or what to eat. You’re going to savor every unrestricted bite. Somehow, though, your pants don’t fit like they used to. You feel more tired, and you’re drowning in stuff you never had to think about before. You know what your body was capable of during your service, so what happened?