We're trying something new here at GovX. Introducing our Member Profile Series. We have incredible members with stories as compelling as they are diverse, and we're honored to share these conversations. Our first member profile comes from Warren S, a Marine vet and a GovX member since 2014. Not only has he written some informative product reviews on the site, but he was kind enough to tell us more about his service in the Corps and what life has been like since leaving active duty. Be sure to leave a comment below!
Can you give us a brief look at your service history?
I served with the United States Marine Corps for a little over four years. I served one tour in Afghanistan, and my second tour took me off the coast of Somalia and in ports training foreign military. I left active duty as an E3 Lance Corporal.
Do you have a life motto?
"Your true strength will always lead you to your honor."
What living person do you most admire?
I most admire my brothers that have stayed in the service to continue fighting and defending all of us. A lot of the time people back home jump to conclusions about the war and what is happening over there. People have the right to their own opinions, but it is frustrating when they talk about something they clearly have no idea about. They talk about war in a way like it’s some kind of video game. That’s why I admire the guys who are still there fighting it, because they’re the ones who really understand it. And they’ll even fight for the people who don’t.
What’s a story you’d like to share?
I had a port stop in Hong Kong once and visited the mountains outside the city. Seeing the temples enlightened another part of the world for me. I enlisted to fight for my country and everything I love about our land. I thought that was all I was going to be doing and seeing, but on my second deployment after spending half of it in a combat zone and the other half seeing the world, Hong Kong stood out because of the monk’s temples. These monks were at peace. They exercised and trained themselves to maintain such a peaceful lifestyle, and it amazed me. After being in a country that did nothing but raise war … seeing a community that practiced the opposite was fascinating to witness.
What have you been up to after your service?
After leaving active duty my life has been excellent. I'm attending school full-time for a business degree. I'm also working full-time as a supervisor for a security firm.